Slave Auction created in 1861. This article was Published by the Illustrated London News (Feb. 16, 1861), vol. 38, p.139.
This article created in 1861 shows an African man with his wife and child being sold at a slave auction. The auction was held in Richmond, Virginia at the beginning of the Civil War. This African American family must have been petrified realizing they may never see each other again. How would you feel if you were split up from your family and never to see them again? As the family became aware of the situation, the white slave owners were having a great time. Slave auctions in the 19th centuries must have been a place where all the slave owners met to discuss plantation tactics or trading slaves. Even though they were there for business, some of the owners are smoking and chit chatting. For plantation owners, it was all just a game. To slaves, it was a cycle of abuse and demeaning acts. Slavery absolutely destroyed generations of families.