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Article - Rachael Findlay Suing for her Freedom

The following article appeared in the VA Pilot newspaper.

"...In the early 1770s, slave Rachel Findlay sued her master for her freedom. She knew the law. Her maternal grandmother had been an illegally enslaved Native American, and Findlay’s mom likely had some African blood. Being a descendant of a Native American was one of the few circumstances under which blacks could sue to be emancipated.

Documents show that in 1773 the courts in the area now known as Powhatan County near Richmond ruled in her favor. Before Findlay could hear the verdict, though, her owner sold her and her daughter to another family in the western part of the state. Other court papers show that wasn’t the end of Findlay’s fight..."


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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