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1839 Washington DC Manumission Document

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Washington D.C., Washington County, March 6th, 1839. Mary Larrance in consideration of one dollar, has manumitted and set free the negro boy Henry 23 years of age sound and healthy and competent to earn his living by labor and do hereby declare the said negro to be free from all claims and service. Interesting document that shows wear and tear at the seams. These documents were known as “Freedom Papers” and were carefully folded and carried by the newly emancipated slave when leaving the care and custody of his former owner. If stopped along the way under the pretense of being a “runaway”, this document was proof he was Free and thus allowed to journey on. This document does show heavy folds, patina, and some splits.