Paul Lumbye 
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Re: “Opinion: Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Richmond's Confederate Monuments?

GlennM--nope, manumitted slaves had to leave the Commonwealth or petition for permission to stay. There's a story of a freed slave and successful artisan (stonemason IIRC) in my county, Fauquier, who was freed by buying himself from his master and successfully petitioned to stay, back when it was less controversial, in the 1830s, (before Nat Turner, when things changed dramatically). He then bought his wife and daughters from their (his former) master, and continued to own them while petitioning for their being allowed to stay in Virginia after his proposed manumission of them. Took over 30 years and if I recall correctly the second daughter's petition was actually granted DURING the war, in 1863. So here's a freed slave owning 3 slaves, but not because he wanted to.

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Posted by Paul Lumbye on 03/16/2016 at 11:56 PM

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