Hannah Bond, pen name Hannah Crafts, was an African-American slave in the United States during the 19th century. She is the author of ''The Bondwoman's Narrative'', a hand-written manuscript that was discovered in 2002 at the New York Swann Galeries auction house. The work was carefully verified as authentic by Henry Louis Gates Jr., a scholar of 19th-century African-American literature and culture. The name Hannah Crafts was long thought by most critics to be a pseudonym and the work was considered a fictionalized autobiography.
The identity of the author remains a mystery. She appears to be a self-taught writer and may have been born in the 1830s. The writing links her to the North Carolina slave owner John H. Wheeler, from whom she may have escaped in 1857. If so, then her real name may be Hannah Vincent, as this name appears in the census records of New Jersey in 1870 and 1880. On the other hand, a scholar of Victorian literature, Gregg Hecimovich of WinthropUniversity has identified the author as another slave, Hannah Bond, of the same plantation, along with details of her life.
Research suggests the book was written some time between 1855 and 1869, although the book's extensive adaptation of Charles Dickens's novel ''Bleak House'' suggests that Crafts's novel was likely written after 1853. The surname Crafts may be a tribute to the escaped slaves Ellen and William Craft, dated from 1848.