Eleven Robeson County citizens seek laws to control free people of color. The petitioners ask that free people of color be prohibited from owning more than one dog per family; prohibited from possessing firearms unless a freeholder and then only on their own property; prohibited from filing suit in either county or superior courts; and prohibited from declaring insolvency. They further declare that if free people of color are unable to pay debts or do not pay their lawful poll tax, they should "in all cases be sold by the [sheriff] before the door of the Court House for the same."
Result: Returned to house and discharged.
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