Slaves for Life and Good Titles

This is an advertisement from The Baltimore Sun printed on January 8th, 1844. It’s shocking, repulsive, and still unbelievable that we used to live as if this was acceptable in our country 150+ years ago.

Baltimore Sun advertisement
Baltimore Sun advertisement

About Tom

Tom founded Ghosts of DC on January 4th, 2012 as a blog to uncover the lost and untold history of Washington, D.C. He has lived in the city for over a decade and loves exploring every corner of the District.

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Baltimore Harbor view. Gay Street dock from Federal Hill, Baltimore. Attributed to Henry H. Clark. Full plate daguerreotype. Shows ships Herald and Juniata, Merchant's Exchange building (demolished ca. 1901-1902), and Second Reformed Church.

Baltimore Harbor View in the 1840s

This is what Baltimore’s harbor looked like in the 1840s. It’s a pretty amazing view. …