[Bell rack on model, museum in Mobile, Ala.]  family photo
Photo provided courtesy of the United States Library of Congress.

[Bell rack on model, museum in Mobile, Ala.]

[Bell rack on model, museum in Mobile, Ala.]
1 photographic print : gelatin silver ; 7 x 5 in.
  • 10143B.
  • Caption: The bell rack. Contraption used by an Alabama slave owner to guard a runaway slave. This rack was originally topped by a bell which rang when the runaway attempted to leave the road and go through foliage or trees. It was attached around the neck as shown in the picture. A belt passed through the loop at the bottom to hold the iron rod firmly fastened to the waist of the wearer. In the accompanying photograph Richbourg Gailliard, assistant to the director of the Federal Museum and also a well-known young Mobile artist, poses to show the use made of the bell rack.
  • 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
  • Gailliard, Richbourg.
  • 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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