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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Ok everyone, so I've done a bit more research on African Americans owning property in the Colonies/early 1800's era in US history. I've found that in Virginia, at least, freed African Americans were allowed to own property as early as 1651.
So there you have it. I do not know however, if this goes for the Ohio territory as well, or if this law was retracted, as many were over the years leading up to the Civil War. I also still don't know if African Americans were allowed to pioneer land, and if so, how common it was. Again, anyone with more info would you please let me know? Thanks so much!
"Anthony Johnson, a free African American, imported several enslaved Africans and was given a grant of land on Virginia's Puwgoteague River.Other free African Americans followed this pattern."BlackPast.org
Posted by Sarah at 1:39 AM