An article advertising African American domestic laborers available for hire.

St. Paul Pioneer (Daily), May 17, 1863


A number of persons in our city have been desirous of procuring colored house servants, as it is almost impossible to get respectable white servants now at any price. In view of this fact Quartermaster Corning at Fort Snelling, who is in charge of the contraband families there, announces that there are 64 women, 70 children, and 30 young men who can be hired by applying at his office. None but known persons of respectability, and who will treat these unfortunate persons properly can be permitted to employ them. Many of them are experienced house servants, and will prove satisfactory to those who employ them.

Source: MHS microfilm collections; St. Paul Press, vol. 1, no. 1 (Jan. 1, 1861) – vol. 4, no. 67 (March 23, 1864)


Reverend Robert Hickman, one of the founders of Pilgrim Baptist Church in St. Paul.


Steamers Grey Eagle, Frank Steele, Jeannette Roberts and Time and Tide at the lower levee, St. Paul


Raking hay by hand.


Walking plow.

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