Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11085201 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Msssissippi, in general assembly convened
Filing Date:circa 1852

General Petition Information

Abstract:Wilkinson County residents request additional patrols and better enforcement of the laws. They argue that such measures are needed because of "a certain class of lawless and unprincipled persons, whose chief occupation is illegal traffic with negroes, bartering whiskey for pigs, poultry, meal, corn &c., &c., thus corrupting the morals and injuring the health of the negroes, to the great detriment of their owners, and the imminent danger of the community." They also note that "it is a common practice with shop-keepers, particularly during the Christmas Holidays, to have, in and about their shops, crowds of negroes, drinking, fiddling, dancing, singing, cursing, swearing, whooping, and yelling, to the great annoyance and scandal of all respectable and order loving persons." The petitioners ask the legislature to make it illegal to "encourage or allow any noisy or clamorous assembly of negroes, about his or her store or shop."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11085201

People Associated with Petition 11085201

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Legislative Papers, Petitions and emorials
  • Record Group: 47
  • Volume: 27

Processing Information

Record Created:10/13/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/15/2008 10:29:00 AM