aura of mystery that has surrounded slave badges
is something about which people from a range of
backgrounds and disciplines have sought answers.
What were these badges? How were they used? Who
wore them? How were they made? How many were there?
Historians, archeologists, sociologists, collectors,
and hobbyists are among those that have wondered
about such questions. Until recently, however,
information about slave badges had been sparse
content on this site is a preview of and supplement
to the book, Slave Badges and the Slave-Hire
System in Charleston, South Carolina, 1783-1865,
which covers this topic in more detail and provides
the authoritative view on the subject to date.
The primary goal of both the site and the book
is to promote cooperation and sharing of knowledge
for the benefit of all interested in the field.