Black Slave Owners
Chuck, I was playing some calculator games with some of the figures I’ve seen concerning Black participation in US slavery.  I’ve heard that there were 261,000 free blacks in the South at the time of the war.  Taking that number from the 1830 US Census of Black slave ownership in the SHNV article, it seems that 11.5% of all free Blacks owned slaves.  This is opposed to less than 6% of white freemen population. 
BLACKS PARTICIPATED IN SLAVERY. In the state of LA in 1860 there were at least six Negroes in Louisiana who owned 65 or more slaves. Widow C. Richard and her son P. C. Richard owned 152 slaves. Antoine Dubuclet, owned over 100 slaves. In Charleston, SC 125 free Negroes owned slaves. Six of them owned ten or more. Mistress L. Horry, of South Carolina owned 84 slaves in 1830. The facts are in 1830 one fourth of the free Negro slave masters in SC owned 10 or more slaves. According to the U.S. 1830 Census over 3000 free blacks owned over 12,000 black slaves.
Jim Walters
Laird o ‘Tha Haggis
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