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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Rezin Bowie Advertises for Runaway Slave

There is not much information available about Rezin P. Bowie in the last years of his life, but in scanning newspaper archives I came across the following want ad in the New Orleans Times Picayune of March 14, 1840, that was apparently placed by him. Ante-bellum New Orleans newspapers always featured ads requesting help with the recapture of runaway slaves.

$20 REWARD-- For the apprehension of DAVID, a slender black man, about 18 years old, 5 feet 10 or 11 inches high, long arms, large hands and feet, rather a downcast look when spoken to, has a lump about the size of a bean on the point of the left jaw below the ear. Apply at 125 Bienville street to R.P. Bowie.

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