AfriGeneas Free Persons of Color Forum
Re: NC FPOC's Select SlaveMasters'- Louisiana Too
In Response To: NC - FPOC's Allowed to Select SlaveMasters' ()
Louisiana had a similar law, designed primarily, or effectively to allow FPOC to remain in the state without being penalized, jailed or forced to leave the state. Louisiana passed this law after it closed the doors to legal manumission in the late 1850's.
I don't know if anyone has examined this process in North Carolina and determined how many people re-enslaved themselves in order to remain in their community, but I've been reading a recent publication by Judith Schafer titled, Becoming Free Remaiing Free, that devotes an entire chapter to the discussion of how New Orleans FPOC used such a law to their advantage. Schafer also discusses in her book how some non-resident FPOC used "false enslavement" and subsequent emancipation as a means of migrating to New Orleans and remaining there legally.