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In Their Own Words

March 21, 1738

Slaves Brought in from South Carolina

One of the ways early Georgia colonists got around the ban on slavery was to bring them in from South Carolina. On this day William Stephens noted an example of this in his journal:

“…Capt. Pat. McKay had taken a sudden Resolution to be doing something again about his Land at Joseph’s Town, and was setting People at Work to plant what he had already cleared there, though he meant to meddle with no more, and it was suspected that he would make Use of some of his Negroes on the Carolina Side of the River, whom he might send over for that Purpose. …”

Source: Allen D. Candler, ed. The Colonial Records of the State of Georgia, Vol. IV, Stephens’ Journal 1737-1740, Atlanta, GA, 1906, p. 108.