1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 19, 2019 2:06 PM by Rebecca Collier

    D.C. freedom suit + antebellum DC prison/police records?


      Researching a D.C. freedom suit where the petitioner was imprisoned in a Washington jail after the verdict went against them. Any knowledge about antebellum DC prison/police records?


      Also would welcome any secondary source recommendations on freedom suits and antebellum Washington, D.C.

        • Re: D.C. freedom suit + antebellum DC prison/police records?
          Rebecca Collier Ranger

          Dear Mr. Kelly,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the Records of District Courts of the United States (Record Group 21) and located the Minute Book, 1801 - 1863 of the DC District Courts. The book may include information about any freedom suits filed and/or tried. For access to or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at Washington, DC - Textual Reference (RDT1) via email at archives1reference@nara.gov.


          For DC Jail committal records for 1850 to 1934, please contact the DC Archives.


          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


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