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Certificate of freedom for Norman Washington, 1811 April 24

 Item — Box: 42, Folder: 1811.04.24
Identifier: MS-5904

Scope and Contents

Printed form with [manuscript] completions: "City and County of New-York, ss. I [Charles Dickinson] one of the Alderman of the City of New-York, and a Judge of the Court of Common pleas, called the Mayor's Court, ... Do Certify, That on this day [Norman Washington] Residing in the said city a [Black] man exhibited proof before me, reduced to writing, of the freedom of him ... I Do Further Certify that the said [Norman] ... was born at [Mount Vernon] in [the State of Virginia] and that he [was born] free .... Given under my hand, this [Twenty fourth] day of April in the year one thousand eight hundred and eleven.]" Includes physical description of Norman Washington; and gives his age as "about Twenty Seven years." 1 page, 20 x 17 cm.


  • Creation: 1811 April 24

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From the Collection: approx. 60 Linear Feet

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Part of the Special Collections at The George Washington Presidential Library at Mount Vernon Repository

PO Box 3600
Mount Vernon VA 22121