Treasure Chasers

September 3, 2012

AAYN Episode 74: 1835 Charleston Slave Hire Tag Badge, Original

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  1. It’s a little sketchy if your intention was to repeatedly buy & sell these for profit, but I dont see anything wrong with owning one because you are interested in the history.

    What’s wrong with keeping a piece of history to remind us of a huge mistake we made….

    Comment by drx975 — September 3, 2012 @ 5:08 pm

  2. Its important to remember slavery wasn’t unique to America. Many more slaves were taken to the Caribbean and South America than to the US. That doesn’t make it any better, but it helps put it in context.

    Interesting piece.

    Comment by TheBullionBull — September 3, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  3. Freed african slaves were able to buy slaves, and many did. Not many people know that blacks owned slaves too.I found an 1825 Charleston, Porter, #311 slave hire tag with a metal detector in South Carolina and have since sold it.

    Comment by 777dingo — September 3, 2012 @ 6:16 pm

  4. I have about 30 in my collection. All are originals. I have servants,fruiterers,carpenters and mechanics. They are all in varying stages of decay. I dug one myself on the side of the Pinkney Inn many moons ago when the sidewalk was being replaced. its a great way to preserve history. Enjoy.

    Comment by waldopeppa — September 3, 2012 @ 6:22 pm

  5. I believe that it was a very tragic part of American history but history is history.

    Comment by caclovescoins — September 3, 2012 @ 6:42 pm

  6. Interesting stuff! I suppose you could compare it with nazi and kkk memorabilia. The question is, if you collect stuff like that does that mean you automatically support the institution that produced that item? Surely we should collect items like this so that future generations know what happened instead of throwing away the evidence.

    Comment by creamofcardstv — September 3, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

  7. kool

    Comment by cldball — September 3, 2012 @ 7:44 pm

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