This whip was unique to the Piedmont Triad Region during the first half of the 19th century.
It was used to punish slaves, at least allegedly in order to increase obedience and productivity.
This lecture also discusses the North Carolina Slave Codes that made these punishments legal.
To learn more please explore students' research: an account of this whip, along with the
laws and practices that facilitated the cruel punishment of slaves in and beyond North Carolina.