Free negroes for sale in Petersburg

Over Eleven Hundred Free Negroes for Sale  — On Thursday, in front of the Court House, eleven hundred and ninety three free negroes will be offered for sale, for a sufficient time to enable them by their allowance per diem to pay their taxes.  ……All of them are lazy rascals, showing conclusively that their freedom is a drawback upon them,. and proving how worthless is the race, if unguided by the hand of the white man. ……Petersburg, VA  Expresss

            (  Liberator, Aug 31, 1860-pg 3)