08 March 2013

Askin's Slaves In Michigan

Know all men by these presents that I Abram Dow of the City of Albany Merchant....two Negro men...Jupiter & the Other Pompey now in the Possession of Mr. John Askin Mercht at Michilimackinac...8 March 1775
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Petter W. Dow

Seeking Michigan's article, Island Backdrop, has more:

John Askin, a wealthy Michilimackinac merchant during the 1760s and 1770s, owned two black slaves: Jupiter Wendell, a skilled cooper, and Pompey.

More about slavery in Detroit, including those belonging to John Askin, here.

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