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. 

Map produced by Eric J. Wagner, Department of Geography, Villanova University.

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, (Accessed July 28, 2017.)] Map includes data collected from 1700 ads.