Amanda of Color vs. Heisle Estate Freedom Suit

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Amanda of Color vs. Heisle Estate Freedom Suit
In 1841, Samuel Heisle (or Hisle) of Henry County, Kentucky left a will permitting his 36 enslaved people to hire themselves out and use the proceeds to purchase their freedom from his illegitimate son. Several of these Black Kentuckians were able to be manumitted. Others were not so fortunate. "Amanda of Color" engaged in a 7 year long court case in Jefferson County to avoid being sold out of state and to eventually attain freedom.

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In 1841, Samuel Heisle (or Hisle) of Henry County, Kentucky left a will permitting his 36 enslaved people to hire themselves out and use the proceeds to purchase their freedom from his illegitimate son. Several of these Black Kentuckians were able to be manumitted. Others were not so fortunate....

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