The Slave Stealer

jon walkers  hand,branded SS for stealing slaves in 1845

“Branded: In June 1844, Jonathan Walker, a Massachusetts-born mariner, attempted to free seven slaves by taking them aboard a boat from Pensacola, Florida, to the Bahamas, where slavery had been abolished in 1838. His vessel was overtaken and he and the fugitives were imprisoned. Walker’s hand was branded “SS” for […]