Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11285609 Details

State:North Carolina
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina, at the Session of 1856
Filing Date:circa 1856

General Petition Information

Abstract:Fifty-eight citizens of Smithville, in the County of Brunswick, and "some of us Mechanics," consider "the great injury done us by Colored persons in taking contracts at a lower rate than we can afford, thereby depriving us of the means of supporting our families." They therefore pray "your Honorable bodies to pass an act to prevent free colored persons from becoming contractors for any mechanical work such as building houses vessel &c. And especially to pass more stringent laws against slaves hiring their own time." The petitioners purport that "the evil has become a serious one, and we most earnestly believe that sound policy no less than our own interest requires that white mechanics should be protected against the competition of colored persons whether free or slave."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11285609

People Associated with Petition 11285609

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Record

Processing Information

Record Created:7/7/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/28/2008 1:31:00 PM