Archive for April 19, 2006

Martin Free At Age 21 (Madison Co.)

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. 



An act to authorize Thomas Johnson to manumit a certain person of colour therein named.(1819) 

Session: Annual Session, Oct – Dec 1819

Page: 144 

Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That Thomas Johnson of the county of



be, and he is hereby authorized and empowered, to manumit and set free from slavery, a certain boy of colour named Martin, so soon as the said Martin arrives to the age of twenty-one years: Provided, That the said Thomas Johnson shall, on or before that time, enter into bond to the chairman or chief justice of Madison county, in the sum of five hundred dollars: conditioned, that the said Martin, so liberated, shall not become chargeable to the public.




Speaker of the House of Representatives


President of the Senate Approved-December 4, 1819







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