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Bailey Jones

Galveston News, November 20, 1860:

NEGROES – Have now 25 on hand and a portion choice No. 1 negroes. Field hands and house servants…The negroes are all sent out of town every night and exhibited next day before our door. We sell at auction or private sale as may be for the interest of our friends. – J. S. & J. B. SYDNOR

J.S. Sydnor was mayor of Galveston from 1846-1847


Galveston Weekly News - September 27, 1859:

NEGROES FOR SALE - We have just arrived and permanently located in Galveston with a large lot of young and likely Virginia and North Carolina Negroes which we will sell on reasonable terms. We have made arrangements for fresh supplies during the season and will always have on hand a good assortment of field hands, house servants, and mechanics. Persons wishing to buy Negroes would do well to give us a call before purchasing elsewhere. We have a good plantation blacksmith in our present lot.

McMURRY & WINSTEAD, Leonard's Hall, Church Street

I wonder if anyone knows where Leonard's Hall was? Charles Leonard was the mayor from 1863 to at least 1866 and was listed as a real estate man in 1870.

Samuel Collins III

Thanks for the post Bailey. GTHC has some great records too. The challenge is just getting the information out to the general public. Little by little it is dripping out. There is a great article in USA Today about Nance Legins-Costley and her son William Costley. Carl Adams is the author of the book about Nance the first enslaved person Abraham Lincoln helped to free in 1841. Her infant son William later grew up joined the Union Army and was in Galveston in June 1865. This should be taught in our classrooms, but has been buried for years. Unfortunately Nance is buried under somewhere under asphalt and commercial buildings because the cemetery was not important enough to preserve.

Bailey Jones

I love researching this sort of stuff - the history of ordinary people. Maybe when I retire I'll have time to do it full time. There is a wonderful Freedman's Memorial in Dallas, where I'm from. It's built on the remains of the old Freedman's Cemetery which was paved over when Central Expressway was built in the 1950s. The memorial is beautiful, but it's mostly ignored, except for the homeless people who hang out there. It's a shame. https://dallascityhall.com/departments/sustainabledevelopment/historicpreservation/Pages/freedman_s_cemetery.aspx

I would love to see something like this in Galveston - minus the neglect.

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