Included in the Museum are some grim reminders of the days when men, women, and children were bought and sold among the planters. Several bills of sale are preserved dating from the late 1700’s to the time near the end of the era when slavery was abolished. On the plantations, the slaves worked to grow and process the indigo plant that produced a dark, blue dye used to color cloth. As that crop phased out around the turn of the 19th century, rice became the crop that brought great wealth for the masters and great, hard labor for the men and women who had to grow and harvest it. Reminders of slave life are abundant here at the Museum, from tools and implements they used to the clothing they wore. Photos depict them at work and at play.