AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[DC] Hundred of petitions for freedom online
Browse Hundreds of Documents Submitted by Enslaved People Petitioning for Freedom
A redesigned website now offers access to hundreds of freedom petitions brought by enslaved people in Washington, D.C., in the first half of the 19th century. The site—O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C. Law and Family—showcases the diversity of strategies that black people living in D.C. used to gain freedom through the courts in the antebellum period.
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