A Story of Resistance
Former enslaved men and women on Jekyll Island did not resign themselves to servitude. Their determined efforts to escape captivity were clearly documented in newspaper advertisements. At the time of the original publication, advertisers listed a thorough description of the individual in hopes of a hasty capture. Today, these advertisements reveal the hidden histories of those who risked their lives to resist slavery and pursue freedom. They provide a glimpse at personal details about some of the millions of men, women, and children who suffered bondage, including those enslaved on Jekyll Island.