Slave Hire Badge for Mechanic, 1850

Summary

Slave hire badges were worn by enslaved African Americans whose owners hired them out to work for other people. Their wages went back to the owner. Badges were used to identify individuals in Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Mobile, Alabama; and New Orleans, Louisiana. This badge for a mechanic was issued in Charleston.

Slave hire badges were worn by enslaved African Americans whose owners hired them out to work for other people. Their wages went back to the owner. Badges were used to identify individuals in Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Mobile, Alabama; and New Orleans, Louisiana. This badge for a mechanic was issued in Charleston.

Artifact

Badge

Date Made

1850

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

United States, South Carolina, Charleston 

With Liberty & Justice For All
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in With Liberty & Justice for All

Object ID

93.168.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Copper (Metal)

Dimensions

Height : 1.625 in

Width: 1.625 in

Inscriptions

Obverse: CHARLESTON / 138 / MECHANIC / 1850

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