Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11082401 Details

State:Mississippi
Location:Jefferson
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Mississippi
Filing Date:circa 1824

General Petition Information

Abstract:Andrew Barland, the son of a white man by a woman of mixed race, was given a good education by his father as well as some property. He states, that, having married into "a respectable white family," he has always been received and treated as a white man. Furthermore, he has served as a juror, given testimony in court, voted, and "enjoyed all the privileges of a free white Citizen." Recently, howerver, a controversy has arisen in a court case when one Joseph Hawk called into question whether Barland, a man of color, should be allowed to testify. Barland writes to the legislature that "his education, his habits, his principles, and his society are all identified with your views." Barland notes that he owns slaves and therefore "can know no other interest than that which is common to the white population." He asks, therefore, that the state "extend to your petitioner such privileges as his countrymen may think him worthy to possess."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Statement of Support of P. W. Harrison, et al., n.d.
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11082401

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:1
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi

  • Legislative Papers, Petitions and Memorials 1817-1939, undated
  • Record Group: 47
  • Volume: 17

Processing Information

Record Created:2/27/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/15/2008 10:06:00 AM