Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10381501 Details

State:Delaware
Salutation:To the Senate and the House of Representatives of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:1815-January-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-nine members of the African School Society ask the state to pass an act for the Society's incorporation. The petitioners state that the Society has privately educated "the descendants of Africans" for several years and has established a seminary. Noting that "there are now upwards of thirty pupils," the petitioners point out that voluntary contributions have, up to now, been the source of their support. The members represent that the Society's purpose is to lessen the "deplorable ignorance, which characterises So great a portion of their colour, and disqualifies them from the more useful employments of life." As they believe said purpose can better be served "by their being invested with the powers and privileges of a corporate body," the petitioners pray that the Legislature may pass an act to "duly incorporate the members of the said African School Society."
Result:Senate: read, referred to committee; granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PAR #10384301
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 10381501

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:10
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Page: 293-296
  • Microfilm: 293-296

Processing Information

Record Created:2/27/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/29/2007 6:39:00 PM