Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11385906 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To The Honorable The Senate and Members of the House of Representatives of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1859

General Petition Information

Abstract:Forty residents of Horry District seek a law forcing free persons of color to leave the state within a given period of about "twelve months”; if they fail to leave within the given period, they should be "subject to Public Sale by the Sheriff of the District, the proceeds of such sale to be placed in the State Treasury.” The petitioners assert that such measures are justifiable since "the social and moral position of the free negroes within our State is fraught with much evil to society without any corresponding good, as a class they are generally, at least so far as our Knowledge extends -- indolent, insolent, and dishonest, occupying a position towards the slave calculated to prove ruinous to him and injurious to his masters interest." To bolster their argument, they cite that "there is now lodged in the Jail of this District and Shortly to suffer the Death penalty a Slave who we believe has been lead to the perpetration of the crime by which he has forfeited his life by a connection with a free Woman of colour, whose business has been the means of his destruction." The petitioners further aver that the free person of color's guardian "in many instances we fear, is the Joint partner with his Ward in Carrying on nefarious traffic with the Slaves who feel themselves protected in their depredations by the Guardian power of the white man over his free Ward."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11385906

People Associated with Petition 11385906

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #1801
  • Page: frames 174-76
  • Microfilm: Reel #1,

Processing Information

Record Created:10/18/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/6/2008 12:38:00 PM