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[DE] sussex delaware last slave owners

Archivist unearths document listing last Sussex slave owners

Georgetown farmer James Anderson still owned eight slaves after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed and after the Civil War came to an end in April 1865.

It was only after the 13th Amendment became law on Dec. 6, 1865, that slaves in Delaware were freed.

A newly discovered document, found by a state archivist at the Delaware Public Archives, lists the last remaining slave owners in Sussex County – men and women who among themselves claimed ownership to 525 humans. At the time, they were treated as property and taxed as such.

The records show up in a Sussex County Assessment roll that Stephen P. Marz, director of public archives, believes likely dates back to 1866. The county government, then called Levy Court, wanted to determine how much revenue from taxes on slaves they would lose, Marz said. The tally in 1865 dollars was $17,131. Today, it would be closer to $255,000.

"No price can be placed on a human life," he said. "This document offers a stark glimpse into the business of slavery."

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really interesting stuff!_ t.b.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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