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508: Group of African American Wanted Notices

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Grouping of five African American related wanted notices, including including three wanted for murder and two prison escapees. Notices relate to suspects from North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Alabama and Tennessee and contain descriptions of the men in verbage reflecting views held at the time. Examples include, " $700 reward Robert Hocker, a negro.....The white of his eyes inclined to be reddish color all the time. Has a good set of teeth, very polite and always smiling". "$150 reward for the arrest of John Jackson,.....Dark ginger Cake.......teeth yellow from cigarette smoking." Sizes range from 4 1/4 x 6 1/4" (photograph) to 12 3/4" H x 9 1/4" W. All early 20th century. Note: Three of the posters have been glued down to scrapbook paper and other posters not mentioned are adhered to the back. Provenance: Collection of a former Knox County, Tennessee Sheriff.


Three posters adhered to scrap book pages. Overall toning, wear/losses to edge of pages. Individual poster with folds and losses to the perimeter.
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Estimate $300 – $350
Starting Bid $200

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6:30 AM - Jan 26, 2013
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2240 Sutherland Avenue
Historic Cherokee Mills
Knoxville, TN 37919
United States