Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11385806 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable, the Senate and House of Representatives, of the Legislature, of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1858

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sixteen-year-old free mulatto Lucy Andrews, the daughter of a slave and a white woman, seeks to "go voluntarily into Slavery, and select her own Master." Andrews, who is the mother of an infant, is unable to find employment except for brief periods. The petitioner reveals "that she sees, and knows, to her own sorrow, and regret, that Slaves are far more happy, and enjoy themselves far better, than she does, in her present isolated condition of freedom." Admitting that she "prefers Slavery to freedom, in her present condition," Andrews prays that an act be passed "authorizing, and permitting her, to go voluntarily, into Slavery."
Result:referred to Committee on Colored Population; recommend passage of bill to address such petitions
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:See PARs #11386101; #11386302; Certificate, Joseph Clark, et al., ca. 1859; Sponsor: John Edward Rutledge, House, Lancester District (1858-1859); Report of Committee on Colored Population, ca. 1858
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 11385806

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the General Assembly; See also General Assembly, Committee Papers, ND #2534
  • Document Number ND #2811
  • Page: frames 442-44
  • Microfilm: #Error

Processing Information

Record Created:6/19/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/21/2008 5:26:00 PM