Life in Bondage
In some areas, masters hired out their skilled slaves to work outside of the plantation. While off the plantation, slaves were required to travel with a tag or pass. Traveling without official permission could result in punishment for the slave and, in some cases, the master.
Gift of Julia A. Wilbur.
This pass, issued to a slave named Alfred, was proof of license to travel in and around Washington DC.
Gift of Gail ’56 and Stephen Rudin.
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