Everyday Citizens


noun  cit·i·zen  \ ˈsi-tə-zən also -sən \

1an inhabitant of a city or town; especially one entitled to the rights and privileges of a freeman
3a civilian as distinguished from a specialized servant of the state

Captains. Masters. Auctioneers. Owners.  These were the people that interacted everyday with the slave population during the era of slavery. Though not political or thought leaders, these people still lived above slaves and served as prominent figures in society. This was the section of society that worked closest with slaves, maintaining them and spreading them across the Atlantic world. They were an important part of this chapter of history, and were very influencial in the day-to-day lives of slaves. 

In this section, Everyday Citizens are categorized into Captains and Ships, Religious Individuals, and Masters. Explore the locations of the citizens on the map, or through the main exhibit menu.