Category: slave

Immediately after the end of slavery was declared in America, there was a surge in Wanted Ads placed in newspapers across the country. African-Americans used them to search for family members sold or escaped, sometimes decades earlier.

When former slave Jordan Anderson was asked to come back and work for his old master, he replied with a letter asking for 52 years’ back pay as proof of good faith. The letter has been described as a rare example of documented “slave humor” of the period.

Edmond Albius, a 12 year old slave boy in 1841 invented the technique for pollinating vanilla orchids profitably. Without this technique, it’s unlikely that vanilla would be nearly as well known as it is today.

Edmond Albius, a 12 year old slave boy in 1841 invented the technique for pollinating vanilla orchids profitably. Without this technique, it’s unlikely that vanilla would be nearly as well known as it is today.

A Russian man who tried to rob a hair salon ended up as the victim when the female shop owner overpowered him, tied him up naked and then used him as a sex slave for three days. 

The “Star of the South”, one of the largest diamonds in the world. Discovered near a river in Brazil in July 1853, it was found by a slave girl named Rosa, who turned the diamond over to her master. He rewarded her by granting her freedom and giving her a pension for life.

Photo : Chris 73 / Wikimedia Commons

An orangutan named Pony was used as a sex slave in a village in Borneo. She would automatically ‘assume the position’ whenever a man neared her. It took over a year for authorities to free her because she was a favorite of the locals who fought against her release.

Photo : Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Yasuke, a 16th century African who traveled to Japan as a slave, caused such a sensation that a powerful warlord wished to see him. He thought his black skin was paint and ordered it to be scrubbed. However, they became friends and Yasuke was later given the prestigious rank of Samurai.