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This Day in Georgia History

December 12, 1829

Illegal to Teach Blacks to Read or Write

Gov. George Gilmer signed an act making it illegal to teach a slave or free black to read or write. The penalty for a slave or free black violating this law was a fine and/or whipping at the discretion of the court. For a white person, the penalty was a fine up to $500 and imprisonment in jail at the discretion of the court.