Luke H. Smith sues Doughlass Black for $2,000 in damages. Smith claims to have maintained a solid reputation in the community and enjoyed the esteem of his neighbors until Black, within "the presence and hearing of" others, accused him of being a "damned negro." Smith claims that this accusation has severely damaged his reputation and standing in the community, and in his business affairs. He sues for damages. In his answer, a related document, Black contends that "the words if spoken" by him were "at a time when he was an infant and under the age of twenty one, and not liable to be sued in this Court in his own name."
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Repository: Screven County Courthouse, Sylvania, Georgia