Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11284208 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Robeson
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable, the General Asssembly of North Carolina, in Raleigh assembled
Filing Date:1842-December-22
Ending Date:1842-December-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:A three-man committee appointed by the superintendent of the Robeson County schools questions a clause in "common School Law" that "obliges free persons of colour to contribute to this Fund, without the privilege of sending their children to the schools, or in any way whatever, reaping any benefit therefrom." They therefore "pray that the Law shall be modified so as to release the colored population from taxation for educational purposes." Two members of said committee, Absalom Davis and Archibald Smith, suggest that the law be modified to include free persons of color. Purporting that free blacks are "poor, ignorant, and vicious, & Consequently troublesome to their immediate neighbours, and burdensome to the Citizens generally," they maintain that if free blacks "were better instructed would not these evils measurably subside and their condition be greatly bettered?" The third petitioner, Thomas Norment, states that he is opposed to taking "any further steps to educate the Free people of Color."
Result:exemption from taxes "agreed to"
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Report of the Committee on Education and the Literary Fund, 29 December 1842
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 11284208

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:3
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Senate Committee Reports, November 1842--January 1843

Processing Information

Record Created:2/24/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:10/18/2008 12:06:00 PM