Education: Document Showcase: 19th century African American voting rights

Transcription of New York laws of 1799 excerpt

Be it enacted by the People of the State of New York represented in Senate and Assembly, That any child born of a slave within this State after the fourth of July next, shall be deemed and adjudged to be born free: Provided nevertheless that such child shall be the servant of the legal proprietor of his or her mother, until such servant if a male shall arrive at the age of twenty eight years, and if a female at the age of twenty five years.

And be it further enacted, That such proprietor his, her, or their heirs or assigns shall be entitled to the service of such child until he or she shall arrive to the age aforesaid, in the same manner as if such child had been bound to service by the overseers of the poor.