Creator

Date Original

1850

Description

This collection contains the Circuit Court grand jury record for the State of Arkansas versus Charles, a slave, et al.

Biographical/Historical Note

A slave by the name of Charles was accused of murdering a prominent Independence County man, Abraham R. Graham, with a pistol on January 16, 1850. Charles was the property of Mrs. Nancy Newland, a widow from Batesville, Arkansas. Nancy, Herald Lowe, and Joseph Woodward were charged with harboring and protecting Charles after the murder of Abraham. The courts believed that they had full knowledge of the crime and choose not to inform the authorities. Unfortunately, very little information is available about Charles. The government proclamation describes Charles as a 5’5", 20-year old male with a “yellow complexion” who had a number of scars on his upper legs but few on his back. Charles was captured by the authorities in Independence County and then later escaped twice. He was recaptured in early June and executed on June 28, 1850.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Independence County (Ark.)

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.0172.0002

Resource Type

Text

Collection

State of Arkansas versus Charles, a slave, et al., SMC.0172.0002

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

State of Arkansas versus Charles a slave et al., Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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