New York City Court Documents Relating to the Trial of Dolly Burrows, 1799
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.
Language of Materials
From the Collection: English
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Lawbook Exchange Ltd. in 2020.
Part of the TAC_Metadata Repository