Slave Documents

The invoices, all dated November 3, 1829, are written in English, on thin paper approximately 11.5 x 7.75 inches. The invoices are signed by Margaret Seelig, as receiver of the money and the presumed owner or representing the owner. Dutch museum officials visited Saba in April of 1997. They made an inventory of museum artifacts, including the slave documents. These were kept in the Johnson Museum safe since they were in bad condition. The documents were allowed to go to Holland against the promise that they would be restored and returned. However, the documents were not returned within a reasonable time and inquiries went unanswered. The documents were located in Holland, where they were part of a slavery exhibition at the Amsterdam Maritime Museum. They were finally returned in late 2002, restored and mounted on acid-free board, as promised.

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