Oyeladun - Resistance
I was allotted to another house today. The woman there had tried to kill herself and her new baby. The white masters have whipped her so badly that she just lies where they left her in the dust and the blood. We sang for her and her child.
19th century china plate
This early 19th century china plate features abolitionist (anti-slavery) slogans. LM54.124.5
Slaves who were 'allotted' were loaned out to other houses and plantations
The Africans' singing is a way for them to express their sorrow. The white people, who thought that the Africans were naturally musical, often encouraged music.