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Twenty-six pages of original court documents from the State v. Mullen case dating 1860. The case was heard in the State of Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Court.


The State of Mississippi, Lowndes County, charged Miles A. Mullen with murdering a slave. Specifically, he is accused of murdering an enslaved woman named Sarah, the property of D. C. Rush in 1860. Mullen is accused of murdering Sarah by inflicting blows, lashes, and bruises along with Mullen's daughter Drucilla Mullen on Saturday, February 18, 1860. Sarah died at George Sherman's plantation, twelve miles from Columbus, on February 20, 1860. Sarah's body was examined by Dr. Beene and Dr. Hicks. According to witness testimony by David C. Rush, Drucilla said that she whipped Sarah with a leather strap 25 times because the enslaved woman had slandered Drucilla. Miles A. Mullen is described as "pure skin, light hair, blue eyes, and one of them has a defect, about 34 years, about 6 feet high, with weight about 160 or 165 lbs., straight mane."

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Slaveholders.; Slavery -- Mississippi.; Slavery -- Mississippi -- History -- Sources.; Slaveholders.; Slaves -- Social Conditions.; Crime and race.; Legal documents.; Negotiable instruments.; Crime--History.; Women--History.


Slavery, Slaves, Circuit Court, State Court, Criminal Files, Enslaved persons, Lowndes County, Mississippi, Legal Instrument

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Columbus--Mississippi; Lowndes County (Miss.).

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State of Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Court State Criminal Case Files Collection. Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (Miss.).


Columus-Lowndes Public Library System


Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

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Mississippi State University Libraries


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The State of Mississippi v. Mullen, 1955 (Lowndes County Circuit Court. 1860)



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