Slave Identities: Did you try to escape or rebel?
These are real names of formerly enslaved people.
Milton Marshall Lila Nichols
Louisiana - sugar plantation; 18 year old man; Delaware – tobacco plantation; 12 year old girl.
single; born in Maryland and sold to the deep
South after an attempt to run away.
Martha Bradley Ned Turner **
Maryland – tobacco plantation; 26 year old South Carolina – Field slave, sugar plantation;
married woman. 31 year old single man.
David Blount Reuben Fitzpatrick
Mississippi – cotton plantation; 8 year old boy. Virginia – hired out as a blacksmith; 30 year
old man; married with children.
Alice Baugh Alice Green
Tennessee – hired out as a farm hand; 15 year old Virginia – cotton plantation; 5 year old girl;
girl. totes water to the men, women, and older
children who are working in the field.
Frank Smith Frank Menefee
Alabama – house slave; 6 year old boy Alabama – cotton plantation; 70 year old man;
Aunt Mary Rice Sophia Word
Georgia – cotton plantation; 47 year old woman; Kentucky – house slave; 24 year old woman;
family includes husband (owned by a neighboring married; 4 living children, 2 of whom were
plantation farmer), 5 living children and fathered by her husband and 2 were fathered by
numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren the plantation owner.
(some of whom have been sold to other owners)
Robert Bryant Will Sheets
Georgia - rice plantation; 19 year old man; single Kentucky – tobacco plantation; 9 year old boy.
Dosia Harris Susan McIntosh
South Carolina - cotton plantation; 60 year old North Carolina – field hand; 7 year old girl
woman; cares for numerous infants while their
mothers and older siblings work in the fields.
Carrie Davis Tom Singleton
South Carolina - cotton plantation – 4 year old North Carolina – carpenter; 25 year old man;
girl. married with children.
Henry “Box” Brown Rachel Adams
Virginia – dock worker; 32 year old man; Hires Texas – cotton; 13 year old girl, a house slave.
out his own time.
Use a computer to research their “lives” and develop a poster to teach the other
students about their life and experiences. Use WPA Slave Narratives
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/mesnquery.html as the basis for most of their work.
You can do a Google Search “former slave Your Name”
Based on the 1850 census data to determine geographic percentages, overall
male/female percentages, as well as overall age distribution.
Lower South (SC, GA, AL, MS, LA, TX, FL)
Mid South (VA, NC, TN, AR)
Border states (DE, MD, KY, MO)
Male/female was approx. 50/50
Age % of all slaves
Under 10 30%
Diversity of work done by slaves:
Plantation/field slaves: cotton, rice, sugar, hemp, tobacco, wheat, corn
City/skilled trade: cooper, mechanic, shoemaker, barber, weaver, wheelwright,
blacksmith, tanner, lumber industry, factory worker, wagon driver, ship-cargo
handler, river barge worker, laundry worker, etc.
1. Go to “Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives” at http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/snhtml/