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[Bell rack as displayed in museum - Mobile, Alabama]

[Bell rack as displayed in museum - Mobile, Alabama]
1 photographic print : gelatin silver ; 7 x 5 in.
  • 10143C.
  • Caption on item: Bell rack showing inscription. This bell rack, now displayed in the Federal Museum of Mobile, was found in a thicket near the head of Pidgeon Creek, Butler County, Alabama. The use of this rack was unusual and few Alabamians ever heard of a slave owner who employed such a device. It was believed to have been used by an ingenious slave owner to correct the run-away habits of some unusually persistent wanderer. In some quarters credence is given to the theory that it was a memento of early Spanish occupation rather than a relic of plantation slave days.
  • Photo by Russell, Mobile.
  • Forms part of: Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project slave narratives collections.
  • Miscellaneous Items in High Demand
  • Fugitive slaves--Alabama--Mobile--1840-1870.
  • United States--Alabama--Mobile.
  • Gelatin silver prints--1930-1940.
Portraits of African American ex-slaves from the U.S. Works Progress Administration, Federal Writers' Project slave narratives collections
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