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Object Name Pass
Catalog Number FIC2017.03000
Date November 10, 1863
Scope & Content Pass - for Henry (slave), signed by Jefferson Davis, November 10, 1863

"Pass Henry to apothecary's store and back to Presdts House - Jeffn Davis Nov. 10. 1863"
Archival History By providing written passes, slaveholders allowed some slaves limited mobility. The system was flexible and permitted slaves to travel on routine errands as well as more important personal ones, such as visits to a spouse or children on another plantation. Slaves without such a pass could be arrested, jailed, and detained as a runaway. Some owners wrote general passes allowing their slaves to "pass" and "repass,", while others were more specific and included the destination as well as the date on which he/she was to return. Jefferson Davis sent his slave Henry to the apothecary in 1863 with such a document in hand.
People Davis, Jefferson
Search Terms Richmond, Virginia
Confederate Executive Mansion
White House of the Confederacy
Subjects slaves
African Americans
Civil War, U.S.
Apothecary shops