Lost Relatives Ad

Creators: Former slaves including Susan Huddleston and John Milton.

Context: Ads such as these, which ran in African-American newspaper the Colored Tennessean just after the Civil War between 1865 and 1867, are examples of the thousands of postings that freed slaves used to search for their families.

Audience: Former slaves who had been sold away from their families by owners in the years before the Civil War.

Purpose: To reconnect families separated by slavery.

Historical Significance: These ads are evidence of the importance that former slaves placed on reuniting their families once they became free, even though in some cases families had been separated for decades. They also show how difficult it was to find family members who might have been taken as far as a thousand miles away from their homes.