Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11186701 Details

State:Missouri
Location:Pike
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Missouri
Filing Date:1867-February-25

General Petition Information

Abstract:In an eloquent plea to the "Honorable Senate and House of Representatives," eighty two freedmen of Pike County ask that the state remove all legal restrictions "on account of race or color." They do not seek "social equality," they inform the legislative body, but rather the obligations of citizenship. Recalling their plight under slavery, where they stood in a "Kind of medium between that of men and that of brutes so far as any personal rights or privileges were concerned," they remind the legislative body that "where the State demands obligations and duties at the hand of all her citizens without distinction, the correlative rights and privileges of all those citizens should be conceded without distinction." "The injustice and incongruity of requiring of all citizens the Equal payment of taxes for the support of the Government," they argue, while "a large class of those citizens are debarred from all participation or voice in the Government" cannot be "defended as an abstract proposition." "We will not insult the intelligence of your Honorable Body," they add, "by offering proofs of our loyalty as a class. The history of the 200000 soldiers of African descent during the last four years is too fresh in the memory of all the people of the State to require more than reference to it." And if "we are not so well prepared intellectually and by Education as a class for the exercise of the Elective franchise, and other duties of citizens, as others," they conclude, "let the deadly nightmare of legal prohibition that so long oppressed our race, be our apology."
Result:Senate: read, ordered printed
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11186701

People Associated with Petition 11186701

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:82
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, Missouri

  • Records of the House of Representatives, 24th General Assembly, 1st Session., 1867
  • Record Group: 550
  • Box: 78
  • Folder: 29

Processing Information

Record Created:9/15/1993
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:8/28/2007 6:11:00 PM