Land Grant to Former Slave

Austin Dabney, a Georgia slave, earned freedom in exchange for his service in the patriot army. Dabney was banned from participating in the land lottery open to Revolutionary War veterans in 1819, but the legislature granted him acreage in Washington County in 1821.

From The Black Presence in the Era of the American Revolution, by S. Kaplan and E. N. Kaplan

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