In 1849, Henry Bibb published Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Henry Bibb, An American Slave, Written by Himself in which this picture appears. It is interesting that he chose a handbill advertizing himself as a runaway slave for his portrait picture. While this book contains little of his life in Canada, he mentions that “in Canada, … I was regarded as a man, and not as a thing” (p. 16.) And later in the book he says: “in Canada, …the British laws recognise no such thing as property in a human being” (p. 195.) Bibb is probably best know as the editor of The Voice of the Fugitive from 1851-1852.
Documenting the American South
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