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Her ad was one of thousands taken out by formerly enslaved people looking for lost relatives after the Civil War.

Elizabeth Williams, who had been sold twice since she last saw her children, placed a heart-wrenching ad in a newspaper: “INFORMATION WANTED by a mother concerning her children,” Williams wrote March 17, 1866, in the Christian Recorder newspaper in Philadelphia.

“There are comparable projects that have collected runaway slave ads,” Giesberg said.

What is unique about Last Seen ads, she added, “is they were taken out from the other perspective.

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