Freedom for Slaves of Robert Carter III Historical

Freedom for Slaves of Robert Carter III Historical (HM1VIY)

Location: Heathsville, VA 22473 Northumberland County
Country: United States of America

N 37° 55.056', W 76° 28.343'

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On 5 Sept. 1791, Robert Carter III (1728-1804), one of the wealthiest men in the United States, filed a deed of manumission at the Northumberland County Courthouse. This document eventually freed more than 500 enslaved African Americans owned by Carter in several Virginia counties. "To retain them in Slavery," Carter wrote, "is contrary to the true principles of Religion & Justice." The deed, structured to withstand resistance by Carter's heirs and neighbors, liberated slaves gradually in small groups. Because children were freed when they reached adulthood, the manumission took decades to complete. Many of the freed people became tenants on Carter's land.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 6th, 2016 at 5:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 370580 N 4197694
Decimal Degrees37.91760000, -76.47238333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 55.056', W 76° 28.343'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 55' 3.36" N, 76° 28' 20.58" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 7013-8053 US-360, Heathsville VA 22473, US
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