"Selling a Man at Auction," Charleston (SC) Mercury, May 2, 1857, p. 2.
Charleston (SC) Mercury
Selling a Man at Auction
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SELLING A MAN AT AUCTION IN ILLINOIS. - The Sheriff of St. Clair county advertises a negro man for sale at public auction, he being guilty of the "high misdemeanor" of having come into the State of Illinois and remaining there for ten days, for which offence he was fined $50, as provided by the Black Law of 1853, and in default paying which fine, the Sheriff of the county in which he was found is directed to sell him to anybody willing to pay the $50.