8 Disturbing Photos of Instruments of Torture Used on Black People
Publisher: Atlanta Black Star
Date Written: 24/02/2014
Year Published: 2014
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX22618
8 disturbing photos of instruments of torture used on black people.
Moses Roper, a captured African who eventually escaped slavery in 1835, recounted the torture endured in punishment for running away in "Narrative of the Adventures and Escape of Moses Roper, from American Slavery."
A machine used for packing cotton used as an instrument of punishment. Roper had attempted yet another escape and among the "instruments of torture" applied to him was the "cotton screw", a machine used for packing and pressing cotton.
Roper recalled: "He hung me up by the hands at letter a, a horse moving round the screw e* (*This screw is sometimes moved round by hand, when there is a handle on it. The screw is made with wood, a large tree cut down, and carved in the shape of a screw), and carrying it up and down, and pressing the block e into the box d, into which the cotton is put . . . . I was carried up ten feet from the ground, when Mr. Gooch . . . let me rest for five minutes, then carried me round again, after which, he let me down and put me into the box d and shut me down in it for about ten minutes . . ."