Our Favorite Runaway Slave Broadside – $50 REWARD for a Slave Named Zada – Dated Nov. 19th, 1852 this Slave is Similar to Eliza in Uncle Tom’s Cabin!

While we have owned several great runaway slave broadsides over the years, what makes this one so special is that the owner of the slave lived in Mercer county, Kentucky and when Zada made her escape, the reward went up as she got further away… and closer to her goal of crossing the Ohio River. A $50 reward “if taken in any of the River counties”. If she was captured closer to home, “in an adjoining county” $20 and $10 if taken in Mercer county. 

The owner J. W. Davis lived 3 ½ miles north of Harrodsburg, Ky. Zada is described as “about twenty-three years of age, rather low and chunky, dark complexion, the middle finger of the right hand off at the 1st joint.” 

The reward poster measures 11 x 10 inches and is in a period frame. Some staining and faults but overall a tremendous piece that tells the sad story of the slaves escape to freedom. If making it to Ohio, Zada could ride the Underground Railroad to Canada. 

Again, because of the Ohio River association, the best we have had or seen. 

#B168 – Price $6,950

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