Daniel Reid Emancipates His Children

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 Daniel Reid to emancipate certain slaves therein named (1820).


Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama in General Assembly convened, That Daniel Reid, a man of color of Washington county, be, and he is hereby authorized and empowered to emancipate his two children Judah and Eliza so soon as the said Daniel Reid shall have executed to the Chief Justice of the county court of Washington and his successors in office, a bond with sufficient security to be approved of by the county court conditioned that the said slaves Judah and Eliza or either of them shall never become chargable to the state of Alabama, or any county or town within the same.

[Approved, December 11th, 1820.]

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