Archive for April 22, 2006

Richmond Richardson Emancipated

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 Lemuel Mead to emancipate a Negro man Slave named Richmond (1820).

Section 1. BE it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Lemuel Mead, of the County of Madison, be, and he is hereby authorized and empowered to emancipate a certain negro man slave called Richmond Richardson, so soon as the same Lemuel Mead, shall have executed to the chief Justice of Chairman of the county court of Madison and his successors in office a bond with sufficient security to be approved by the county court, conditioned that the said negro man Richmond, commonly called Richmond Richardson, so liberated shall not become chargeable to this State, or any county or town within the same.

[Approved, Dec. 4th, 1820.]

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