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Interesting document I came across...
I've been finally getting around to organizing the paper documents I have copies of from the NC State Archives. Came across one I forgot all about:
We the Grand Jurors for Cleaveland County in the State aforesaid, do present that in our opinion free negroes in general are a nuisance ... to society and that it would be expedient to have a Law requiring them to leave the State, and for a failure so to do, that they should be exposed to public sale and the proceeds arising there from be applied to the Literacy[?] fund of our said State, June 10th 1858
I plan to put this on my website in the near future. I think the spelling is actually "Cleveland" County. Cleveland Co. actually had a pretty small FPOC population, so I'm a bit intrigued as to why they tried to get this passed into a law. In 1860, there were only 109 FPOC compared to only 58 in 1850 so their proposal at least didn't do much for intimidation.
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