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Mapping the Ads

Former slaves sought loved ones from every state, wherever there were African-American newspapers that accepted ads, and in many places where there weren't. Explore the advertisements by scrolling over this 1862 map and clicking on a location with a yellow dot indicating the location of the person searching. Use the +/- on the left to zoom.

Click on the timer button at the top to see the distribution of these ads over time.

[J. H. Colton, Colton's new railroad & county map of the United States, the Canadas &c. New York, J. H. Colton, 1862. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/99447074/. (Accessed July 28, 2017.)]