Slave Barracoon, Sierra Leone, 1840’s
Slave barracoons were a common feature along several points of slave embarkation on the African coast. The image, in black and white engravings, shows a barracoon full of slaves chained by their necks and hands. The Illustrated London News describes a raid by the British naval force on slave barracoons at Sierra Leone, in February, 1849, with which this image is associated. The description also says that flogging was an hourly occupation in the barracoons and death often resulted from this practice. The image is reproduced courtesy of the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.