Slave whip, 1864

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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.

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  • 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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