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Peter - SHOE20

Title

Peter - SHOE20

Identifier

SHOE20

Subject

African Americans--History, African Americans--History--To 1863, Artisans, Shoemakers

Source

State Gazette of South Carolina

Date

November 28, 1785

Trade

Shoemaker

Gender

Male

Enslaver

John F. Grimke

Home Location

Charleston, South Carolina

Events

1. Formerly enslaved by John Massey
2. Self-emancipated from John F. Grimke

Item Type

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Notes

Given the clues provided in the advertisement, it is plausible that Peter may have self-emancipated from John F. Grimkeā€™s home at 100 Meeting Street Charleston, South Carolina. Grimke listed 100 Meeting Street as his address in the 1785 Charleston City Directory. For more, see John Hagy, The People and Professions of Charleston, South Carolina, 1782 - 1802.

Transcription

Three Guineas Reward.
ABSENTED himself on the 10th instant, a NEGRO FELLOW Peter, 5 feet 4 inches, bowlegged, is quite black, speaks good English, but a little thick in pronunciation, much addicted to Liquor, a very little of which has an effect upon him, he plays tolerably well on violin and can make negro shoes, he formerly belonged to Mr. John Massey & waited on him whilst in the continental service.
John F. Grimke.
Charleston, Nov. 25, 1785
N.B. has seen on this side of Ponpon going Southwardly.

Collection

Citation

, “Peter - SHOE20,” accessed August 11, 2022, https://archive.blackcraftspeople.org/items/show/279.

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