The branded hand of Captain Jonathan Walker
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[ This description is from the project: MHS 225th Anniversary ]
Capt. Jonathan W. Walker was an ardent abolitionist who was convicted and sentenced for attempting to assist seven escaped slaves to freedom in 1844. His hand was branded with the letters "SS" for "slave stealer," as shown in this daguerreotype photograph by Southworth and Hawes. The reverse image, consistent with the daguerreotype process, depicts Walker's right hand.