Slaves in Indiana

Slaves in Indiana

The first African-American residents of what is now Indiana were probably Alexandre and Dorothee, two slaves held by the Jesuit priests of Vincennes when the Wabash River Valley was part of France's colonial empire.

Alexandre and Dorothee were married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Vincennes, and their daughter Agatha was baptized there in 1753. The French allowed slavery in their dominions. So when the Northwest passed to the British in 1763, the new overlords permitted involuntary servitude to continue.

When George Rogers Clark and his forces defeated the British at Vincennes in 1779, the territory north of the Ohio passed temporarily to the Commonwealth of Virginia. Virginia guaranteed to the French residents of Vincennes and other such settlers title to all of their property, including slaves. In 1787, the Congress of the Articles of Confederation passed the Northwest Ordinance, which created the Northwest Territory and prohibited slavery in the lands north of the Ohio.

Slave-Branding, from "Leeds Anti-Slavery Series", 1853




Slave-Branding, from "Leeds Anti-Slavery Series", 1853


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Nevertheless, the presumption of the new territorial governor, Arthur St. Clair, was that those who owned slaves prior to 1787 were exempted from the ordinance's provisions.

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