Authentic slave ball manufactured mid to late 1600s (above, left), with unique handle (approx.
50 lb.), -- used on the known London-based slave ship, Henrietta Marie, the oldest identifiable slave ship wreck in the world (July 1700); featured in National Geographic's (August, 2002) -- for "trouble-makers", #3 written on it.
Most of the captives were headed for sugar plantations where theyd be worked to exhaustion, many dying within five to ten years.
He married Kate Richards there in 1843; they had 11 children.
It was discovered in a large box of early, hand drawn slides and a lantern.
There are no markings on the slide to indicate age or maker.
When Delany returned to the United States, however, the Civil War was in progress and prospects of freedom for African Americans were brighter.
President Abraham Lincoln appointed him as a major in the infantry in charge of recruiting all-African American Union units.