Permission slip for Harry to join the African Association

SCUA-AANB-permissionHarry.jpg

Title

Permission slip for Harry to join the African Association

Creator

Description

Slaveholder Abraham Staats (1743-1821) gives permission to Harry, an enslaved man, to join the African Association of New Brunswick on January 9, 1819.

[Harry is listed as a member in the African Association of New Brunswick Minute Book under the name Henry Staats. The Abraham Staats House, where Harry lived with four other enslaved people in the Staats household, is now a historic site in Somerset County and is open to the public for tours and educational programming.]

Date

1819-01-09

Language

English

Identifier

SCUA-AANB-permissionHarry

Text (Transcript)

January 9th 1819

This certifies that I give my colourd man Harry my approbation to become a member of the African Association.

Abrm Staats

Repository

Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries

Archival collection

African Association of New Brunswick (N.J.). Minute Book, 1817-1824 (MC 50)

Archival location

Unmarked folder with loose slips

Citation

Staats, Abraham, “Permission slip for Harry to join the African Association,” Scarlet and Black Digital Archive, Rutgers University, accessed December 5, 2022, https://scarletandblack.rutgers.edu/archive/items/show/141.