Petition #21286202


In 1857, free black Jacob Goins was indicted and convicted of petty larceny in Cumberland County for stealing an iron pot worth six pence. Sentenced to be hired out for five years, Goins fell into the hands of slave trader D. J. Southerland, who "frequently offered his negroes for sale & persons came & examined him with a view to purchasing him." Believing it was Southerland's intention to sell him "into perpetual slavery," he escaped. Now under arrest as a fugitive, he seeks a writ of habeas corpus.

Result: Granted.

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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina