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Beginning this year, freed slaves could petition the local courts for permission to remain in Virginia.

In 1806, the General Assembly moved to remove the free negro population from Virginia with a law that stated that all emancipated slaves, freed after May 1, 1806, who remained in the Commonwealth more than a year, would forfeit his right to freedom and be sold by the Overseers of the Poor for the benefit of the parish. Families wishing to stay were to petition the legislature through the local county court.[1]


  1. Web. Albemarle County (Va.) Free Negro and Slave Records, 1799-1870 circa, Library of Virginia, 800 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, retrieved October 21, 2019.

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