A Voice Out of Slavery

Published:April 26, 2019 by Brendan Wolfe

In Season 3, Episode 5, of Not Even Past, host Brendan Wolfe marvels at the power of Bethany Veney‘s writing, which tells the story of her life in slavery, the time she foiled an attempt to sell her, and her journey to freedom. Wolfe and producer Miranda Bennett also talk to Jobie Hill, an architectural historian who reads such narratives in order to better understand the spaces in which enslaved people like Veney lived their lives.

Read Veney’s autobiography.
View a slideshow of the book’s cover and title page.
Read more about slave sales in Virginia.

Click below to read a transcript of the show.

IMAGE: This portrait of Bethany Veney serves as the frontispiece for her 1889 autobiography. (HathiTrust Digital Library)