These fabric samples are examples of coarse fabric manufactured at one the Hazard’s mills in Rhode Island. Coarse and uncomfortable fabrics were specifically produced to make clothing for enslaved people and worked as a way to mark people as enslaved. The Hazards actively pursued the market for slave clothing, sometimes even buying overpriced raw materials from an influential slaveholder in order to secure a contract to clothe his enslaved workers.
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