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New York City Court Documents Relating to the Trial of Dolly Burrows, 1799

 Item — Box: 35

Scope and Contents

Consists of court documents from New York City related to the 1799 trial of Dolly Burrows, an African American woman who was accused and convicted of "stealing" money from her enslaver, Abraham Stansbury. Documents include a jury true bill stating the details of the case and recording a guilty verdict, a guilty plea from Burrows attesting that she took money from her enslaver and signed with her "X," and a statement from Stansbury stating that the money was taken from a store he owned with another man named John Brown. These records provide documentation of an enslaved woman's agency in subverting the system of human trafficking in which she was ensnared.


  • Creation: 1799

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.


1 box

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English