Ship Manifest for Schooner, LaFayette

Ship Manifest for Schooner, LaFayette

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This lengthy ship’s manifest documents the cargo of schooner, LaFayette, which transported 83 enslaved men, women, and children from Alexandria, Virginia to Natchez, Mississippi via New Orleans. Operating out of Alexandria, Virginia, the manifest is from a well-known company, Franklin and Armfield. What makes this manifest so unusual and rare is the fact that listed on the document are the names, heights, ages, and complexions of the enslaved passengers as well as the names and residences of the shipper and consignees.
Object Name
Ship manifest
date made
place of origin
United States: Virginia, Norfolk
Ship destination
United States: Mississippi, Natchez
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
overall: 15 3/4 in x 38 in; 40.005 cm x 96.52 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
African American
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Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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