Citizens All: African Americans in Connecticut 1700-1850
Transatlantic Slave TradeConnecticut StoriesAbout The Project
Connecticut Stories
Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and AbolitionYale University
Enslaved Africans in the Colony of Connecticut
Acts and Laws of the State of Connecticut, in America, pp. 234-35
New London: Timothy Green, 1784
Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University

While the State of Connecticut introduced an act of gradual emancipation in 1784, the lives of Connecticut's slaves remained regulated by the state, as can be seen in these pages from the 1784 edition of the Acts and Laws of the State of Connecticut. Slaves were subjected to a 9:00 pm curfew and anyone found entertaining slaves past that hour could be subjected to a fine. The former owner of a manumitted slave was responsible for that individual's maintenance "in case they come to want."

Larger format images of these two pages of Acts and Laws are available through the Beinecke's Digital Images Online site: