- Buying a Slave
Where did Pennsylvanians buy slaves?
- Pennsylvania Slave Merchants
Who were some of the professional dealers in slaves, in Pennsylvania?
- Resistance by Enslaved Persons
What are some of the ways enslaved persons resisted their bondage?
- Slave Names
How did enslaved persons get their names?
- Agriculture and Slave Labor
How were enslaved persons used on Pennsylvania farms? Did Pennsylvania have "plantations?"
- Pennsylvania's Black Codes
Read the harsh laws passed in colonial Pennsylvania to control free Blacks and enslaved persons.
- Profiles of William Kelso and Sons by Fred Kelso
The Kelso family operated a ferry and held enslaved persons 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
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 Enslavement
Scans of original newspaper advertisements offering enslaved persons 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.