Slave Patrols

A Georgia statute ordered white adults to ride the roads at night, stopping all slaves they encountered and making them prove that they were engaged in lawful activities. Patrollers required slaves to produce a pass, which stated their owner's name as well as where and when they were allowed to be away from the plantation and for how long.

From The Underground Railroad, by William Still

Courtesy of Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Georgia Libraries