Aunt Sally, 1858

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Aunt Sally or, The Cross the Way of Freedom (Cincinnati, 1859), facing title page (Special Collections, University of Virginia Library)

The book's sub-title is "A narrative of the slave-life and purchase of the mother of Rev. Isaac Williams, of Detroit, Michigan. At the time of publication, "Aunt Sally" was living in Detroit with her son, Issac, a pastor of a Methodist church. Sally had been a slave in Fayettville, North Carolina when, around twenty-five years before the book's publication, she was separated from Issac and sold to a "speculator" in Alabama. The engraving shown here was apparently based on an eye-witness drawing.