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Bedford County Petition to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention

Identifier: MS-1190

This petition, submitted to the Tennessee Constitutional Convention by a group of citizens from Bedford County, asks that body to "insert a clause in the revized or amended Constitution of this State, affecting the gradual emancipation of Slaves, so that it shall be a free state against the year 1866."

Dates: circa 1834

Petition to Abolish Slavery

Identifier: MS-1204

This petition asks the Tennessee Legislature to pass a law that will free the state's enslaved peoples and their descendants. The petition is signed by 75 residents of Bedford County, Tennessee.

Dates: circa 1830

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