- Buying a Slave
Where did Pennsylvanians buy slaves?
Who were some of the professional dealers in slaves, in Pennsylvania?
- Resistance by
What are some of the ways slaves resisted their bondage?
- Slave Names
How did slaves get their names?
- Agriculture and
How were slaves used on Pennsylvania farms? Did Pennsylvania have "plantations?"
- Profiles of William
Kelso and Sons by Fred Kelso
The Kelso family operated a ferry and owned slaves in Dauphin, Cumberland
and Erie counties. Included on this page are photographs by Fred Kelso
of the July 4, 2000 re-enactment of the operation of the Kelso-Harris
ferry. This re-enactment featured a replica of the original ferry craft
used by the Kelso and Harris families.
- An Act for the
Gradual Abolition of Slavery--text
Full text of the original act, passed on March 1st, 1780.
- A Comparison
of Servitude Agreements
Full text of separate servitude agreements for two young men, one white
and one Black.
- Images of Slavery
Scans of original newspaper advertisements offering slaves for sale,
registration documents and miscellaneous documents, and discussion
of commercial images including Nathaniel Currier's Branding Slaves
on the Coast of Africa. Also included are photographs of slave
burial sites and histories of slave burials at local cemeteries.