This image depicts a "slave coffel" passing through Washington City, as America’s capital was once known.
Coffles of slaves, shackled to one another in a straggling single file, were marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, past the Capitol, on their way to be processed for use in Southern States.
The particular Slave Coffle in this image depicts a Washington City scene in 1819.
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Image, described above, online courtesy Library of Congress.
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