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1.  Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person, Jim, by Henry Shaw in 1852.

Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person, Jim, by Henry Shaw in 1852. See PHO2020-0041. 



1852

2.  The Missouri Republican from May 25, 1855 which contains the $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw for the return for escaped slave Jim.

The Missouri Republican from May 25, 1855 iwhich contains the $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw for the return for escaped slave Jim. Ad states that Jim escaped from Shaw's country estate Tower Grove. 



1855

3.  The $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw that appeared in the Missouri Republican on May 25, 1855 for the return for escaped slave Jim. See Image 0141 for full page.

The $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw that appeared in the Missouri Republican on May 25, 1855 for the return for escaped slave Jim. Ad states that Jim escaped from Shaw's country estate Tower Grove. See Image 0141 for full page. 



1855

4.  Public auction of enslaved people circa 1850.

While a merchant in St. Louis Shaw began buying enslaved people in the 1820s with the earliest existing record being that of Peach in 1828. 1850 census records indicate Shaw owned nine enslaved people and by 1853 that number had grown to eleven, 1860 census records show him with eight enslaved people. Their names were not listed in either the 1850 or 1860 U.S. Census. Please see the historical timeline section for more information on this subject. Image is for reference. 




5.  Tower Grove House, the country estate of Henry Shaw as it appeared in his lifetime.

View of Tower Grove House showing the original east wing from 1849 which would later be removed and rebuilt. 



1890

6.  Shaw, Henry

Portrait of Henry Shaw standing holding papers taken in 1858. 



1858

7.  Shaw, Henry

Photographic reproduction of painting of Henry Shaw, 1835. 




8.  Henry Shaw and slavery.

While a young merchant in St. Louis Shaw began buying enslaved persons in the 1820s. In 1850 Shaw owned nine and by 1853 eleven; 1860 census records list eight enslaved persons. As with the 1850 census, their names were not listed. Please see the historical timeline for more information. 




9.  Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person, Jim, by Henry Shaw in 1852. Back of record. Indicates that Jim ran away in May 1855.

Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person, Jim, by Henry Shaw in 1852. Back of record. Jim was most likely the unidentified male captured with Esther, her two children, and Mary Meachum in their bid for freedom in May of 1855. See PHO2020-0040. 



1852

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