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The Details:

Dickinson, Hill & Co. “Account Book of Slave Auctions,” Richmond, Virginia, 1855 to 1858. Slavery in the United States Collection. [catalog record]

Gift of Thomas Hovey Gage, 1941.

The Story:

Within days after Union troops captured Richmond, Virginia, in 1865, the Chase sisters entered the city. They went into the just-abandoned auction house of R.H. Dickinson and Brother and took account books and correspondence documenting the sale of enslaved people. Sarah Chase wrote that one volume recorded the sale of slaves made just a few days earlier, continuing, “but, thank God—no more was written or ever will be written in that bloody Register.”

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