Into Slavery: Racial Decisions in the Virginia Colony

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A Proposition for Encouraging the Christian Education of Indian, Negro, and Mulatto Children

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It being a duty of Christianity very much neglected by masters and mistresses of this country ( America) to endeavour the good instruction and education of their heathen slaves in the Christian faith, -- the said duty being likewise earnestly recommended by his Majesty's instructions, -- for the facilitating thereof among the young slaves that are born among us; it is, therefore, humbly proposed that every Indian, negro, or mulatto child that shall be baptized and afterward brought to church and publicly catechized by the minister in church, and shall, before the fourteenth year of his or her age, give a distinct account of the Creed, the Lord's Prayer, and Ten Commandments, and whose master or mistress shall receive a certificate from the minister that he or she hath so done, such Indian, negro, or mulatto child shall be exempted from paying all levies till the age of eighteen years.

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From: Sadie Bell, The Church, the State and Education in Virginia ( New York: Arno Press, 1969), p. 30.

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