AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[IL] 1847 Matson Slave Trial
Illinois was a "free state" however, there were plantations and farms in Illinois. Robert Matson brought slaves from his land in Kentucky to work his land in Illinois. Slaves owners were allowed to do this as long as they did not keep the slaves in Illinois for twelve months or more. Matson's slaves were in Illinois for more than a year and in 1847 the slaves felt they were free due to the Illinois law.
Last year, I attended the first presentation of Trail and Tribulations, a historical program on September 18 and 19, 2009 in Oakland, Illinois about the 1847 Matson Slave Trial.
This year, I am one of the coordinators for the program which will be presented on September 16, 17, and 18, 2010. I am coordinating a reenactment of Brushy Fork that existed in Coles County, Illinois prior to, and after, the Civil War. Brushy Fork was the local free black community.
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