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Elizabeth Only, American, born 1832  Search this
ink on paper (fiber product)
H x W: 5 1/8 x 7 7/8 in. (13 x 20 cm)
free papers
Place made:
Frederick County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
June 20, 1857
A single sheet handwritten document of brown ink on blue paper documenting the sworn statement of James W. Simmons attesting that "Elizabeth Only, the negro Woman now in my presence, is the daughter of Rachel Only, a free Woman of Colour, that the said Elizabeth Only was born free." The document is dated June 20, 1857 in Frederick County, Maryland and is signed in the bottom right corner by the Justice of the Peace. There are no marks or inscriptions on the verso.
African American  Search this
Free communities of color  Search this
Freedom  Search this
Identity  Search this
Law  Search this
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Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Public domain
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National Museum of African American History and Culture