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John Martin (18232-1904) on page 54 in his 1864 "Scrap & Sketch Book" drew an illustration of two slave whips and a slave being whipped.
Martin, a Bangor accountant and shopkeeper, wrote that he read "many hundred pages on southern life and examined cuts of southern life." He also talked to a former slave, Frank Davis, who "followed the 26th Maine Regt from Vicksburg to Bangor" and who worked for Nath Harlow, a nurseryman.
Martin talked to Davis about his experiences and asked him about being whipped, then drew the illustration. He said the young former slave made a whip to show Martin and others what it was like.
Martin's narrative describes the whip and the story the young man told.
About This Item
- Title: Slave whip, 1864
- Creator: John Martin
- Creation Date: 1864
- Subject Date: 1864
- Location: Bangor, Penobscot County, ME
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions: 5 cm x 21 cm
- Local Code: Coll. 1972; 1997.16.1
- Object Type: Image
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Standardized Subject Headings
- Bangor (Me.)--History
- Martin, John, 1823-1904
- Punishment devices--Maine--Bangor
- United States. Army. Maine Infantry Regiment, 26th (1862-1863)
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