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"Seventy-Five Negroes Wanted," Raleigh Register, March 21, 1861


"Seventy-Five Negroes Wanted," Raleigh Register, March 21, 1861


F. W. King advertised in the Raleigh Register his desire to purchase from fifty to seventy-five "Likely Young Negroes" that he intended to sell in the "Southern Market." During the antebellum era, slave traders sold approximately 1,750,000 slaves from the upper South to the lower South. The domestic slave trade became a key source of contention between the North and the South as abolitionists focused on the separation of slave families as one of the most abusive features of slavery and as slaveholders sought to defend the institution.


F. W. King


"ADVERTISEMENT FOR COLT FIREARMS//SLAVE INSURANCE!," Mitchell Archives, accessed February 27, 2012,




Raleigh, North Carolina
Wake County, North Carolina

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Newspaper Advertisement


Seventy-Five Negroes Wanted.

I desire to purchase from fifty to seventy five Likely Young Negroes, of both sexes, ranging from eight to thirty years old--such as will be saleable in the Southern Market. No unsound negro wanted. I will pay Richmond prices for such as I want. Any information, either in person or by letter, leading to the purchase of negroes, will be thankfully received and liberally rewarded. I can be found at the Yarborough House, in Raleigh.

F. W. King

July 27th, 1860.


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F. W. King, "Seventy-Five Negroes Wanted," Raleigh Register, March 21, 1861, Civil War Era NC, accessed July 12, 2024,