Silver whip

This whip made of chased silver and leather was owned by a lady and would have been used to punish domestic slaves for minor transgressions in their work. The enslaved were also beaten for no reason at all, as part of the addiction to control and suppression that developed within plantation society. It was the corporal punishment of female captives, and the fact that some whippings were carried out by female plantation owners, that offended a growing number of British people and added momentum to the abolitionist movement.

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Accession reference: Science Museum/SSPL, A634687