Connecticut, 1784

An Act concerning Indian, Mulatto, and Negro Servants and Slaves 

Therefore, Be it enacted, That no negro or mulatto child, that shall, after the first day of March, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four, be born within this state, shall be held in servitude, longer than until they arrive to the age of twenty-five years, notwithstanding the mother or parent of such child was held in servitude at the time of its birth; but such child, at the age aforesaid, shall be free: any law, usage, or custom to the contrary notwithstanding.

 

Source: The Public Statute Laws of the State of Connecticut, Book I (Hartford: Printed by Hudson and Goodwin, 1808), 625.

 

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