TitleSlave Insurance, ca 1859
MediumPrinted paper
Dimensions9 ¾ x 8 in.

Slave Insurance, ca 1859

Enslaved people were a valuable commodity and were insured to protect their owners’ investments.  Frances, the young slave mentioned in the letter to the left, was most likely insured by the Albemarle Company, which was located in the same Virginia county as her plantation. Included in this advertisement is a schedule of premium rates per $100 depending on the age of the enslaved person.