Freedom Papers of Joe Cornish
Freedom papers; free persons of color
This document, issued by the Board of Police of Adams County, enabled the recipient, a free man of color named Joe Cornish, to remain in the county. The document provides a physical description of Mr. Cornish, and attests to his good character. The importance of the document is in part conveyed by the materials used to create it: thick vellum, and the official seal of the Adams County Board of Police. A Certificate of Freedom was not impermeable protection, however - a writ of habeas corpus (“produce the body”), describing Joe Cornish as a runaway slave, issued in March of 1843, is held by the Beinecke Library at Yale.
Adams County Board of Police
Todd A. Herring Collection, Manuscripts Division, Special Collections, Mississippi State University
Mitchell Memorial Library, Mississippi State University
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1842, Confederate State of America