Act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia

Congress, U.S.
August 2017
Act Abolishing Slavery in the District of Columbia;8/1/2017, p376
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Presents the Act for the Release of certain Persons held to Service or Labor in the District of Columbia, approved by the US Congress on April 16, 1862. Purpose of the act to abolish Afro-American slavery in Washington, D.C.; Provisions for compensation to the slaves' former owners, including establishment of a commission to handle compensation claims.


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