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Aug 1

Emancipation of 500: 1791

August 1

Robert Carter, one of the wealthiest men in Virginia who owned 60,000 acres on 18 plantations stunned his family, friends and neighbors by filing what was called a deed of emancipation, or manumission, setting free the more than 500 “negroes & mulatto slaves” who were his “absolute property.”


August 1