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Re: Negro Registries
In Response To: Negro Registries ()
* The 1850 Indiana Constitution, Article XIII main purpose was that "No negro or mulatto shall come into the State, after the adoption of this Constitution." After the adoption of the Constitution the legislature passed a statute to enforce this Article. Approved on June 18, 1852 the statute outlawed "Negroes" from coming into the state, instructed the county clerks to notify all "Negroes" who were residents before November 1, 1851 to register, and ordered the creation of a register of "negroes and mulattoes. It also gave power to clerks to subpoena witnesses and to issue certificates attesting to the registration of legal residents.
Although law, it was for the most part ignored with very little compliance.
* This the point the late Coy ROBBINS and others have been trying to make for a long time. Not just county but state.
"... people of African descent ... were among the early American settlers in southern Indiana. Although their story has never been included in our history books, these brave, courageous souls were among the the pioneers -- both free and enslaved persons."
~ Coy D. ROBBINS
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