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Negro Joe

Negro Joe Click on the MEDIA ITEMS below for more information


List of Criminals in Custody of the Sheriff of Allegany County. October Four, 1798.

       Negro Joe committed by the name of Joseph [unclear].
Rob Sinclair Sheriff


Robert Sinclair, Sheriff

Although it is unclear whether Joe was a captured runaway slave or a criminal, this document from 1798 identifies an African-American as being held in custody by the Sheriff of Allegany County, Robert Sinclair. Allegany County was created by an Act of the Maryland State Legislature in 1789 and Sinclair served as Sheriff from 1797 to 1801.

From the collection of Dale E. Mease.


Collection Location:
Allegany County, Maryland

African Americans, History; Allegany County (Md.), History.

Allegany County (Md.), 1890-2008

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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