Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11383401 Details

State:South Carolina
Location:Charleston
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honourable the Senate of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1834

General Petition Information

Abstract:Eighteen ministers and church officials from St. Philip and St. Michael's Parishes seek revision of the 1800 and 1803 laws requiring "a majority" of whites to be present at religious services for people of color after sunset. For thirty years, the minister’s note, people of color have had the privilege of religious instruction after sunset, subject only to regulations by the Charleston City Council. Like other statutes passed during crises, the laws governing white attendance at worship gatherings at night are "virtually obsolete" in every part of the state. The petitioners ask that religious gatherings of people of color be governed by the City Council, "whose local knowledge, personal interest, and immediate responsibility, would seem to secure all desirable vigilance and efficiency in the execution of the laws on this subject."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Minutes of Meeting of Ministers of the Gospel, Charleston, 26 November 1834; Excerpt from Minutes of the City Council, 25 November 1834; Sponsor: James Hamilton Jr., Senate, St. Philip and St. Michael (1834-1838)
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 11383401

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

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number ND #1803
  • Page: frames 363-71
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 363-371

Processing Information

Record Created:1/27/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/14/2008 4:24:00 PM