Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10384901 Details

Salutation:To the Senate and the house of Representatives of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:circa 1849

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-nine free black inhabitants of Delaware seek to repeal the law requiring them to produce passes or freedom papers when traveling from one area to another. They affirm that they are civil citizens who have "no intent to hurt or Injure any of the human family but wish well to all yet we are liable to be arrested when Traveling on our lawful buisness to be put in prison pervided we do not exhibit a certificate or Pass signed by a white man which appears to be sufficient thogh his charecter be mutch blacker then our Skins." They also oppose other laws "equilly oppressive to us as freeman" that forbid them "to own or have a gunn in our possession Without a permit from a Justice of The peace" and prohibit them from assembling "togather for Religious worship in our own churches and remain There beyound the Hours of ten oclock at night with out having the presence of three white men amongst us." They therefore "pray you will take into consideration and expung these laws from your books so as to give us right to Travel as men and not as bruts."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 10384901

People Associated with Petition 10384901

Free Persons of Color:29
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 458-460
  • Microfilm: 458-460

Processing Information

Record Created:1/29/1998
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/30/2007 11:15:00 AM