Archive for April 18, 2006

Acts of Alabama: Trials of Slaves (1819)

Below is an extract from the Acts of Alabama, 1818 to 1828, found online.  This is one of many Acts pertaining to people of color that will be posted on this blog. The original documents are at the Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, AL. 

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    An act to amend the several acts concerning the trial of Slaves (1819) 

    Session: Annual Session, Oct-Dec 1819

    Page: 88-89  


    Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That from and after the passage of this act, the Justices of the Inferior court of every county or incorporation, shall be Justices of Oyer and Terminer, for trying slaves in this state charged with treason, felony or other crimes and misdemeanors of a higher grade than petit larceny, which trials shall be before any three or more Justices of the court aforesaid, and by a jury of twelve good and lawful men of the vicinage, where such crime shall have been committed. Read the rest of this entry »

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