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AL Enforces US Laws Against Slave Trade

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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  • To carry into effect the laws of the United States prohibiting the slave trade. (1823) 

    Session: Annual Session, 18 November 1822 – 1 January 1823

    Page: 62-63             

    AN ACT

    To carry into effect the laws of the United States prohibiting the slave trade.

    Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That the Governor of this state be, and he is hereby, authorized and required to appoint some suitable person, as the agent of the state to receive all and every slave or slaves or persons of colour, who may have been brought into this state in violation of the laws of the United States, prohibiting the slave trade: Provided, that the authority of the said agent is not to extend to slaves who have been condemned and and sold. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Emancipated. Now Leave the State.

    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 Leonard Abercrombie to emancipate certain slaves therein named (1821).

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


    100 Dallas be, and he is hereby, authorized and empowered to manumit and set free, a woman of colour named Fanny (alias Fanny Martin) and her ten children, Moreau, Jane, Emily, Morgan, John, Maria, Eliza, Betsey, Fanny, and Lavinia, so soon as the said Leonard Abercrombie shall have executed to the Judge of the county court of the county in which such slaves reside, and his successors in office a bond with sufficient security, to be approved of by said Judge; conditioned that said slaves, Fanny Martin, Moreau, Jane, Emily, Morgan, John, Maria, Eliza, Betsey, Fanny, and Lavinia, or either of them, shall never become chargeable to the State of Alabama, or any county or town therein; that such emancipation shall not in any manner become prejudicial to the creditors of the said Leonard Abercrombie; and that he shall remove said slaves out of this State: Provided, that if any of the persons emancipated by this act shall return into this State and remain as residents of their own accord such person or persons shall be considered to be in the same state of slavery as if this act had never passed. (Approved, Dec. 8th, 1821.)

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    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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    Emancipation of Tom of Lawrence County

    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 authorise Killis Walton to emancipate a negro man named Tom (1820).

    Session: Annual Session, Oct – Dec 1820

    Page: 80 

    Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That Killis Walton, of Lawrence county, be, and he is hereby authorised and empowered to emancipate and set free a negro man slave, aged forty years, named Tom, so soon as the said Killis Walton, shall have executed to the chairman, or chief justice of the county court of Lawrence, and his successors it office, a bond, with sufficient security, to be approved by the county court, conditioned, that said negro man slave Tom, shall never become chargeable to this State, or any county or town within the same.

     [Approved, December 11, 1820.]

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    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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    Eight Slaves Emancipated in Clarke County

    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 John Bethaney to emancipate certain slaves therein named.

    SECTION 1. BE enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly


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    convened, That John Bethaney of the county of Clarke be, and he is hereby authorized to emancipate the following slaves to wit: Lydia, a black woman, thirty-five years old; Eliza, a mulatto, aged twenty-three; Elizabeth, a mulatto, aged nineteen; William, a mulatto, aged seventeen; Daniel, a mulatto, aged fourteen; Amelia, a mulatto, aged seven, Margaret, a mulatto, aged three; and Lemuel, a quarteroon, aged one year, so soon as the said John Bethaney shall have executed to the justices of the county court of Clarke and their successors in office, a bond with sufficient security, to be approved by the said court; conditioned, that the aforesaid slaves shall never become chargeable to the state of Alabama, or any county or town therein.

    (Signed) JAMES DELLET

    Speaker of the House of Representatives

    THOMAS BIBB

    President of the Senate

    Approved-November 27th, 1819

    (Signed) WM. W. BIBB

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    Cesar Kennedy Manumits His Family (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 Cesar Kennedy to manumit certain of his slaves therein named. 

    Session: Annual Session, Oct-Dec 1819

    Page: 145 

     

    Section 1. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Alabama, in General Assembly convened, That Cesar Kennedy, a free man of colour, of the town of Huntsville, and county of Madison, be, and he is hereby authorized to manumit and set free his wife Hannah, and her seven children, Maria, John, Mary-Ann, William, Cesar, Rossell, and Thomas, as soon as the said Cesar Kennedy shall have executed to the chief justice or chairman of the county court of Madison county, and his successors in office, a bond with sufficient security, to be approved by said court, conditioned, that the said slaves, Hannah and her seven children, Maria, John, Mary-Ann, William, Cesar, Rossell, and Thomas, shall never become chargeable to the State of Alabama, or any county or town therein.

    (Signed)


    JAMES DELLET Speaker of the House of Representatives
    THOMAS BIBB President of the SenateApproved-December 13, 1819

    (Signed)

    WM. W. BIBB

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