Slavery in Texas: Runaway slave ad for Joe, William B. Travis's slave


This is a runaway slave ad from 1837 for Joe, the former slave of the late William B. Travis, the famous commander of the Alamo defenders. Joe was one of the few to escape the Alamo with his life, and spread the word about what happened at that famous siege. Joe, despite the runaway ad, made his way to Travis's original home in Alabama successfully, and lived out the rest of his life there.


Borden & Moore. Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 2, No. 18, Ed. 1, Friday, May 26, 1837, newspaper, May 26, 1837; Houston, Texas. ( accessed June 20, 2016), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

JacksonJr., Ron J. and White, Lee Spencer.,Joe: The Slave Who Became an Alamo Legend. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2015.