A broadside advertising an auction of enslaved men and a woman, 1856.

This broadside lists by name enslaved men and a woman to be sold at auction. The penciled notations to the left of the names indicate the sale prices for each person. Enslaved people’s monetary value depended on factors including age, health, and skills. Some of the people listed are identified by their color or racial makeup as well; “griff” was a term indicating lighter skin color or mixed ancestry. The abbreviation “do” means “ditto.”