Q: I don't mean to sound morbid, but I heard that the skin of slavery-era black people was sometimes used as clothes. It is probably a urban legend.
--Jenkins Pettaway- Montgomery, Alabama
A: Unfortunately, there is some truth to what you ask. I have read about many deplorable practices that occurred during slavery and Jim Crow in this country. I have no interest in ranking these atrocities, but I can tell you that the account that troubled me the most was about the flesh of dead Africans and African Americans being used to make shoes. I believe I first read about this in the archives of the Mouton Journal, but I could be wrong. ...
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