From the WPA Slave Narratives: George Coleman Age 108
“I was borned on the Washington plantation in Richmond Virginia August 16, 1830. The reason I am sho bout my birth dat, is ’cause Mr. Wiley, the man I now live with, writ back to the co’t house in Richmond where dey has all de records of the slaves dat used to be on de Washington plantation, so I could get dis old age pension.
Yas’m de Washington plantation was a large one. Slaves were raised on a large scale, it was a slave market you know. I guess there were two or three thousand slaves on de place. When dey had a sale de slaves were placed on a ‘slave block’ and auctioned off. The ones for sale would run down the road, dance, or stretch to see if their wind was all right.