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 A NewsJournal for 21st Century West Kentucky

Vol. 15  No. 12 December 2023 (c)

 



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Those in bondage valued in thousands of dollars to slave owners  | Black History, slavery, Columbus, American history, Kentucky

Southern newspapers routinely ran ads offering rewards for runaway slaves
Those in bondage valued in thousands of dollars to slave owners

Runaway slaves were always a serious problem. They were very valuable.

During an 1859 auction in Georgia a healthy "prime" male slave aged 22, a trained cotton field hand, had sold for $1,260 [$39,000 today]. By contrast an 11 year old girl at that same auction only cost $300 [$9,300].

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John Kelly Ross

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Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing | Ivan Potter, Mary Potter, West Kentucky Journal, politics, Clinton Kentucky,

Ivan and Mary Potter shopping in Hazel KY
Publisher and editor of West Kentucky Journal bring decades of experience to writing

Meet the husband and wife team responsible for West Kentucky Journal.

Editor's Note: Updated - Ivan Potter retired from the Clinton City Council as of January 1, 2017.

WKJ now has over 6000 articles and 2.5 million yearly views.

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Mary Potter & Ivan Potter, West Kentucky Journal


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