Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11085901 Details

State:Mississippi
Salutation:To the Honerable the Sennate and House of Representatives of the State of Miss in General assembly convened
Filing Date:1859-December-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:In the summer of 1858, a slave named Peter, owned by Dr. E. A. Miller of Wayne County, was employed on the railroad near the town of Enterprise. The petitioners claim that Peter "caught and by force violated the person of a beautiful young Lady by Committing a Rape." Captured the same day, he was jailed and tried within twenty-four hours. In the presence of the young woman and her parents, Peter was tried and found guilty by a jury sitting in magistrate court. That night he was taken from jail by a mob and hanged. A committee of five townspeople seeks compensation for Miller for the loss of his property.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11085901

People Associated with Petition 11085901

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:5
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • Legislative Papers, Petitions and Memorials
  • Record Group: 47
  • Volume: 30

Processing Information

Record Created:3/2/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/14/2007 11:27:00 AM