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Woodson, Obadiah [Slave Patrol Contract]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09122 Author/Creator: Woodson, Obadiah Place Written: Salisbury, North Carolina Type: Document signed Date: circa January 1856 Pagination: 1 p.

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Summary of Content: Appoints a captain to oversee a company of men for "Patrol duty at least two nights in each week; and on the Sabbath day to disperse all collections of negroes or boys violating the Ordinances of the Town. On all slaves found off their owner's premises, without written permission... you will inflict not more than fifteen lashes; no slave to be whipped except in presence of the Captain. You will arrest and carry before the Intendant of Police, all free colored men found associating with slaves in the night, or on the Sabbath day, in any kitchen, out-house, or place other than his own premises." With manuscript accomplishment, signed by Obadiah Woodson and Horace L. Robards.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: SlaveryFreemenAfrican American HistoryEnslaved people

Sub Era: Age of Jackson

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