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Freedom papers and handmade tin carrying box belonging to Joseph Trammell

Smithsonian Institution,


Certificate of Freedom for Joseph Trammell. Handwritten in black ink on white paper, the document is labeled at the top as "No. 1952." The document includes a detailed description of Mr. Trammell. It also includes that his freedom was proven by the oath of Thomas S. Dorrell. The certificate indicates a county registration number that provides legal record of Joseph Trammell’s status as a free man of color. | A small, handmade tin box with sliding lid. Used to hold certificate of freedom and carry in pocket.
Medium: Papers: ink on paper ; Box: tin
Object number: 2014.25
Credit Line: Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Elaine E. Thompson, in memory of Joseph Trammell, on behalf of his direct descendants
Used by: Joseph Trammell, American, 1831 - 1859
Issued by: Loudoun County Court, American, founded 1757
Place: Leesburg, Loudoun County, Virginia, United States, North and Central America
Data Source: National Museum of African American History and Culture


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ARGOMENTI : # in Società e scienze sociali / Società e cultura / Gruppi sociali / Studi etnografici / Minoranze etniche e multiculturalismo
PAESI : Virginia / USA (Stati Uniti d'America)
TAG : tag: boxes (containers) , free papers , African American , Free communities of color , freedom , Identity , law