Excerpt from The Oak, 1982
What was all the excitement about? Kenan was holding a Slave Auction selling male property to some aggressive and competitive women for the following visitation night. Such property as Jimmy Masters, Willie Carter, Thomas Sweetwater Rawley and Kemp Pendergrass were sold. Buster Sanderford presided as auctioneer, padding both the bid and the jokes.
The highlight of the night was when Thom as Rawley taunted the girls by offering to remove his shirt in order to raise his bid. He only managed, however, to raise the bid five dollars and the roof of the multi-purpose room by several feet.
If one bought a slave, what could be done with a slave? The rules were announced and posted before the auction began. Slaves and buyers were not allowed to violate the college handbook. Leaving the campus with the slave was optional. Slaves could not incur the debt of the buyer and the buyer could not ask them to violate their morals, principals or ethics.
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