Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900

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ONE
The Setting
New Bern from the
Colonial Period to 1900

Complaint having been made that certain persons
have lately introduced into this Town a Machine called a
flying horse machine [carousel] to which many idle and
disorderly persons resort to in the night time as well as in the
day whereby the peace of the Town is disturbed, and the
Subordination of the Slaves and free Negroes is lessened. It is
therefore ordered that hereafter it shall not be lawful for
any person whatsoever to use any such machine for the
entertainment of any person within this town after Sun
down under the penalty of Five pounds for every offence—
and further that if any said person shall presume to admit
any Slave, free Negro or Mulatto to ride on the sd horses
or any of them, or to be within the inclosure when the
same is exhibited he, she or they shall forfeit
five Pounds for every Offence
.

—New Bern Town Council Minutes,
July 25, 1803

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