Slave barracoons were a common feature along several points of slave embarkation
on the African coast. The image, in black and white engravings, shows a barracoon full of
slaves chained by their necks and hands. The Illustrated London News describes a raid by
the British naval force on slave barracoons at Sierra Leone, in February, 1849, with which
this image is associated. The description also says that flogging was an hourly occupation
in the barracoons and death often resulted from this practice. The image is reproduced
courtesy of the Manuscript, Archives and Rare Book Library, Emory University.