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Champion, Richard (1743-1791) Certificate of freedom for Peter a free Negro

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06147 Author/Creator: Champion, Richard (1743-1791) Place Written: Camden, South Carolina Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1 December 1786 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 22.8 x 37 cm.

Summary of Content: Written by Champion for the Court of Common Pleas in Camden County held on 27 November 1786. Document certifies the freedom "of the Negro Peter lately claimed by William Massey." It states that Peter "hath been adjudged a free Man and ... he shall be deemed held and taken as a free Man during his Life." Document was witnessed, but not signed by, Henry Pendleton, an associate justice of the state. Red wax seal is extant on bottom of recto.

Background Information: Champion was a British porcelain merchant who moved to a plantation in South Carolina in 1784.

People: Champion, Richard, 1743-1791

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FreemenAfrican American HistoryJudiciarySlavery

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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