Nappy Newz

After Blacks were freed, those who had been enslaved began wanting to search for loved ones. They had long lost family members who were sold straight off the ship, or friends and family that were sold from one plantation to the next. These people turned to the newspaper as a method to search for these loved ones. The Historic New Orleans Collection has made available a digital collection of more than 250 “Lost Friends” advertisements which appeared in the city’s Methodist Southwestern Christian Advocate newspaper. The paper and advertisement were dated back to 1879 and 1880. The collection was made to search by either using the location or name, but it can also be browsed at random.


Although the Freedmen’s Bureau was set to help work with people find their lost ones, there were too many obstacles keeping the project from working. The Freedmen’s Bureau encountered a lack of financial…

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