I was born free, in Halifax Co. North Carolina, where I lived thirty-five years. About ten years ago, I removed to Indiana. My father was a farmer, half white, who ran through his farm. If a white man there brings a great account, the…
Last year this time, I was posting obituaries and turn-of-the-century newspaper articles. Snide and paternalistic as they often were, these snippets offer rare glimpses into the everyday lives of long-ago black folks. This year, in observation of the Month, 28 introductions to some real Djangos. Shrewd, fearless and fearsome, intensely loyal to family, agents of their own destinies — a Runaway a Day:
NOTICE. Ranaway from the subscriber, on the 9th of this instant, a negro man named JOE, and his wife named SINA, and two female children, one of the children four, the other two years old. Joe, the negro man, is twenty-five or six years old, five feet eight or nine inches high, stout built, very black, with uncommonly large feet; had on when he left me, a coarse blue broad cloth coat and a black wool hat. His wife Sina is twenty-eight or thirty years old, middle size, has large eyes, high cheek bones, middle size, her dress not recollected. It is thought that a negro girl named Silvia, the property of J. Purvines, my neighbor, who was missing on the same day that my negroes left me, is in company with them. Said Silvia is fourteen or fifteen years old, well grown of her age, dress not known. Any person who will apprehend said negroes, and lodge them in any Jail, so that I can get the, or deliver them to me, shall be rewarded for his trouble, with all reasonable expenses paid. JOHN GRIER. Mecklenburg County, N.C. Feb. 15, 1822. The Western Carolinian, Salisbury NC, 5 Mar 1822.
Condemned. At Surry Superior Court, last week, Abram Weaver, who has been confined in the jail of this county for some eighteen months, was tried and convicted of selling a free negro. An appeal was taken to the Supreme Court. People’s Press.
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