Righting the Wrongs of New England Slavers
 
From: bernhard1848@att.net
 
The large (and growing) free black population of the American South was a testament to the spirit of emancipation existing there. At the time Mann Page (below) was freed in 1831, Virginia had experienced the brutal Nat Turner massacre which left 60 some men, women and children butchered. This massacre was rightfully blamed on abolitionist agitation which encouraged slave rebellion, and it would disrupt the ongoing emancipation process as the South lived in mortal fear of more Nat Turners. Mann Page’s master allowed him to earn money from his own labor, and eventually purchase freedom.
 
Bernhard Thuersam, Director
Cape Fear Historical Institute
www.cfhi.net

Righting the Wrongs of New England Slavers                      
 
“On November 28, 1831, Mann Page was set free by a writing in these words:
 
“Know all these men by these presents that I, Philip Rudacille of the county of Culpepper and State of Virginia, for and in consideration of the sum of $600 to me in hand paid by a Negro man commonly called Mann Page, have manumitted, liberated and set free the said Mann Page, and do hereby for myself, my heirs, exors, and admrs., quit claim and relinquish all right and title to the said Mann Page forever.  In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the 28tth day of November, 1831.
 
(Signed)  Philip Rudacille  (Seal)”
 
(A Short History of Page County, Virginia, Harry M. Strickler, C.J. Carrierr, 1974, page 137)