Circuit Court records - CLPL

Alternate Title

Negro Record Book. Slave Register.



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Register of enslaved persons brought into the state by their owners not for sale or hire dating 1837-1845.


From the "Record of Slaves, 1837-1845" for Lowndes County, Mississippi (also known as the Negro Record Book). The state of Mississippi enacted a law on May 13, 1837 requiring slave owners to register with the clerk of the Circuit Clerk of the county most convenient to the place where he first entered the state, and take an oath that he had not brought such slave or slaves into the state for the purpose of sale or hire. The clerk was then required to record that the oath had taken place and provide said person with a certificate containing an official seal. Traveling in or through the state without taking said oath would result in an arrest. If found guilty, the punishment was payment of a fine. Citation: Laws of Mississippi-Called Session: 9-368.

Approximate Creation Date


Time Period

1830-1839; 1840-1849


Slaveholders.; Slavery -- Mississippi.; Slavery -- Mississippi -- History -- Sources.; Slaveholders.; Slaves -- Social Conditions.; Plantations -- Mississippi.; Legal documents.; Negotiable instruments.


Slavery, Slaves, Circuit Court, Enslaved persons, Lowndes County, Mississippi, Colored, Freedmen, Legal Instrument

Geographic Location

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

Object Type


Physical Format


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Physical ID

Lowndes County Circuit Court Record of Slaves, 1837-1845

Digital ID



Lowndes County Circuit Court Record of Slaves, 1837-1845. Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (Miss.).


Columus-Lowndes Public Library System


Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries


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Lowndes County Circuit Court Record of Slaves, 1837-1845



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