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TO BE SOLD
To Be Sold” series is also based on advertisements from the 1700s and early 1800s. While the Runaway ads describe enslaved people of African descent in sometimes minute details, the To Be Sold advertisements were brief ads tuck in between larger ads. No names. No visual description. Just “"To be sold”. As I came across more and more, I became curious. Who are they? Where did they go? Were they being separated from their families? Will they run away? The gold in the works and frame references the use of people as chattel.
A likely Negro Wench
TO BE SOLD A Stout Negro Fellow, to be Sold, about 18 or 19 Years of Age. Enquire of The Printer. January 23, 1775

Title: To be Sold: Boy 18 (1775)
Artist: Cora Marshall
Size: 12" x 16"
Media: Mixed Media
FRAMED
(Sold) A Likely Negro garl about 12 Years old Country Born, To be sold, Enquire of The Printers. Oct. 2, 1769.

Title: To be Sold: Girl 12 (1769)
Artist: Cora Marshall
Size: 12" x 16"
Media: Mixed Media
FRAMED
FOR WANT OF EMPLOY, Will be sold a likely NEGRO BOY, about 20 years of age, suitable to attend a Gentleman, or a family. Enquire of the printers. December 11, 1781
Boy 8 years 1796 (SOLD)
Girl 15 - 1773  (SOLD)
Boy 15 - 1783  (SOLD)
Man 19  (SOLD)
Wench (SOLD)
To Be Sold II No. 1
Mixed Media Collage
To Be Sold II No. 2
Mixed Media Collage
To Be Sold II No. 3
Mixed Media Collage
To Be Sold II No. 4
Mixed Media Collage
TO BE SOLD II
TO BE SOLD I