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Origins of Virginia slavery

Dear editor:

Anthony Johnson was a most remarkable Black man, who may hold the record for the most firsts in Virginia. Yet, most likely, one may never hear about this extraordinary man.

Johnson was among the first group of Blacks to land in Virginia, and he may have been the first Black man to set foot on Virginia soil. He was the first free Black in Virginia. (When the first Blacks landed in Virginia, they were treated like indentured servants from Europe. Once they had worked for another for a specific number of years to pay for their passage, they were set free.) Also, he was the first Black landowner and established the first Black community.

Here is the reason that one never hears about Johnson. He was the father of slavery in Virginia and the first slave owner in Virginia. He became a slave owner when he refused to release one of his Black indentured servants, Jim Casor, after he had served the term of his contract. Johnson convinced the court that he was entitled to the lifetime service of Casor. Thus, Johnson brought slavery to Virginia.

Thomas Allen
Franklinton


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Members Opinions:
February 13, 2020 at 6:30am
Probably the readers should take this version as inaccurate, and if interested, should check it out, even on Wikipedia, before they repeat this version of the story.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Johnson_(colonist)



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