Anti-Slavery in Massachusetts General Court, 1646

An item under a section Journal of the Times refers to an action of the General Court in 1646: returning a slave to his native country 200 Years Ago!

“The General Court of Massachusetts Bay, passed an act in the year 1646, of which the following is one section: ‘The General Court, conceiving themselves bound by the first opportunity to bear witness against the heinous and crying sin of man-stealing…..do order that the negro interpreter, with others unlawfully taken, be by the first opportunity, at the charge of the country for the present, sent to his native country, (Guinea) and a letter with him of the indignation of the Court thereabouts.”