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21310
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If a deceased North Carolina slaveholder wanted to free their slaves in their will and send them to Liberia, there was often little resistance in having these wishes carried out. In the event of legal heirs contesting the wills and requests for freedom, it was often taken to the North Carolina Supreme Court for judgment. The American Colonization Society was often legally involved on the behalf of the slaves to be freed.
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21471
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A reprint of letters written on behalf of a group of 106 emancipated former slaves who had settled in a colony in Liberia begun by the American Colonization Society -- a group formed to facilitate the colonization of former slaves in Africa. The McKay settlers became free after a lengthy court case over the will of their former master, James Iver McKay of Bladen County. Traveling aboard the packet ship MARY CAROLINE STEVENS, the group left Norfolk on May 28, 1857. The letters, penned for the settlers by an intermediary, contain their requests for supplies and money, and demonstrate the difficulties that contributed, along with the American Civil War, to the eventual failure of the enterprise and the Society.
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