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Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery (New York State Archives)

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History

When John Jay, one of the founders of the New York Manumission Society, was governor, New York state finally passed legislation regarding the emancipation of slaves. The 1799 Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery stated that children born into slavery after July 4, 1800, would be emancipated in their mid-twenties.

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  • Title: Act for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery (New York State Archives)
  • GLC Number: ActGradualAbolitionSlaveryNYSA

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