Thirty-nine citizens of Cumberland County "cheerfully join in" the petition of Gurdon Deming to emancipate his slave Lucy and her daughter Laura. They avow that many "of your petitioners Who have known Lucy more recently have no hesitation in Saying that from her general appearance they verily believe that She is of pure White blood too White to be a slave and ought to be manumitted." The petitioners believe "that in doing so, you will do an act of Justice to an unfortunate woman illegally held in bondage, who for more than Eighteen Years has faithfully performed the Menial duties of a Servant without murmuring tho often importuned to assert her freedom."
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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina