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Scarred back of Gordon, an American slave, c.1863, Louisiana

This man bears the scars of flogging. John Farmer of Birchtown, NS, told Clara Dennis in the 1920s, "Slaves were used hard... If anything went wrong they were tied up and lashed, then their backs were bathed in pickle. Grandfather had it done to him in slavery". John was a descendent of Nova Scotian Black Loyalists, Jupiter and Venus Farmer.


 Gordon, an American Slave

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