Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11482505 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Rutherford
Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honorable the General Asembly of the State of Tennessee now in Session
Filing Date:circa 1825

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ninety-four residents of Rutherford County accuse "twenty to thirty families of free negroes" in said county of encouraging slaves to steal and of instilling "into their minds views of liberty." They further assert that, "in elections for militia officers, they are in the habit of uniting upon some favorite candidate and thereby controal as they please all elections where they have a stake." Complaining "that they are rude and insolent in their behavior," they declare that free blacks are "in every respect bad neighbors and bad members of society." The petitioners therefore pray that a law be passed "compelling all free persons of colour forthwith to leave the county of Rutherford and take up their abode in some State beyond the Ohio where slavery is not tolerated."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11482505

People Associated with Petition 11482505

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 144-1825-1-3
  • Microfilm: Reel #9,

Processing Information

Record Created:10/11/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 6:11:00 PM