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Free black ownership of slaves, which did exist in Virginia, shows that opportunity of a kind was open to some free people of color, but as the slave society of Virginia grew older and larger, it was an increasingly limited opportunity. When ownership of bondspeople by free people of color is placed into the context of the white supremacist and pro slavery laws and society of Virginia, however, it stands out as all the more remarkable as well as anomalous.
Includes photographs of the excavated the site of Archibald Batte's store in Bermuda Hundred, by Daniel Mouer, VCU Archaeology Department.
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