Enslaved African American mothers endured the horrors of having their children sold away. Tinie Force and El- vira Lewis, formerly enslaved in Ballard County, Ky., describe the tragic effect this practice had on family life: “At times, pathetic scenes prevailed in the selling of slaves; namely, the separation of mother and child. Often, a boy or girl would be sold and taken away from his or her mother. In many cases, the parting would be permanent and the child and its mother would never see each other again.” (Image from Kentucky Transportation Cabinet document)