[AFRICAN AMERICANA -- SLAVERY & ABOLITION]. The Star. Vol. II, Number 22. Raleigh, NC: 31 May 1810.

4pp., folio, 12 1/2 x 19 1/2 in. Provenance: Col. William Hinton (1767-1836, subscriber's ink inscription at top), Major John Hinton and Perabee Smith, of Johnston (now Wake) County, North Carolina. Hinton married Candace Rosser and built the approximate 4,000 acreBeaver Dam Plantation near Knightdale and enslaved about 50 people on land acquired from his father. In 1817, they started a school for the children of enslaved people. Hinton served in the North Carolina militia and in 1810 was elected to the North Carolina Senate.

Frontpage illustrated advertisements for runaway slaves. Alongside a woodcut engraving of a running Black man with a cane the advertisement is titled “Fifty Dollars Reward," and continues, "Ran Away from the Subscriber on the 11th of September, 1809, a Mulatto fellow named Jim...Jim can read and write and I expect he will pass himself for a freed man. I suspect he has gone to Wilmington, having connections there." Signed in type by his enslaver Robert Clark of Anson County. 

Another advertisement, "Ten Dollars Reward" details that on "the 24th of last month...a mulatto boy named Peter" ran away. It continues that "he is a gambler at heart and will attempt to pass as a free man under some other name" alongside a woodcut of a running Black man wearing a hat and holding a bindle. Signed in type by his enslaver Joseph Hawkins. 

A final runaway advertisement is included on page 2, "Ten Dollars Reward" detailing that "a negro fellow named Titus, nearly six feet high and a little bent shouldered," alongside a woodcut of a running Black man and signed in type by his enslaver Thomas Lindsay of Columbia, South Carolina. 


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