First American slave-owner was a Black man

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According to colonial records, the first slave owner in the United States was a black man.
Prior to 1655 there were no legal slaves in the colonies, only indentured servants. All masters were required to free their servants after their time was up. Seven years was the limit that an indentured servant could be held. Upon their release they were granted 50 acres of land.
Anthony Johnson was a Negro from modern-day Angola. He was brought to the US to work on a tobacco farm in 1619. In 1622 he was almost killed when Powhatan Indians attacked the farm. 52 out of 57 people on the farm perished in the attack. He married a female black servant while working on the farm.
When Anthony was released he was legally recognized as a “free Negro” and ran a successful farm. In 1651 he held 250 acres and five black indentured servants. In 1654, it was time for Anthony to release John Casor, a black indentured servant. Instead Anthony told Casor he was extending his time. Casor left and became employed by the free white man Robert Parker.
Anthony Johnson sued Robert Parker in the Northampton Court in 1654. In 1655, the court ruled that Anthony Johnson could hold John Casor indefinitely. The court gave judicial sanction for blacks to own slave of their own race. Thus Casor became the first permanent slave and Johnson the first slave owner.
Whites still could not legally hold a black servant as an indefinite slave until 1670. In that year, the colonial assembly passed legislation permitting free whites, blacks, and Indians the right to own blacks as slaves.
By 1699, the number of free blacks prompted fears of a “Negro insurrection.” Virginia Colonial ordered the repatriation of freed blacks back to Africa. Many blacks sold themselves to white masters so they would not have to go to Africa. This was the first effort to gently repatriate free blacks back to Africa. The modern nations of Sierra Leone and Liberia both originated as colonies of repatriated former black slaves.
However, black slave owners continued to thrive in the United States.
By 1830 there were 3,775 black families living in the South who owned black slaves. By 1860 there were about 3,000 slaves owned by black households in the city of New Orleans alone.
Sources: Wikipedia entries on John Casor and Anthony Johnson
H/t FOTM reader Stephen Morgan
The Wikipedia entry on Anthony Johnson states that he “later became a successful tobacco farmer,” attained “great wealth,” and is recognized as “’the black patriarch’ of the first community of Negro property owners in America.” Owning black slaves evidently paid well for black slave-owner Anthony Johnson.
Don’t you think the fact that the first slave-owner in the American colonies was a black man is important information? Furthermore, isn’t the fact that there were THOUSANDS of black slave-owners also important information?
But I didn’t know this. Did you?

Why is that?

~Éowyn

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japoa
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Why is that ? …..It’s because it’s one of those inconvenient truths that does not go along with the P.C.template .Much like the thought , if there was a buyer for the slaves , who were the sellers ? Don’t think there was a lot of ” evil white boys ” in Africa at that time ….So , w.t.f. , who were the sellers ?

TrailDust
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TrailDust

Wow Dr. Eowyn! The is a blockbuster! I never heard whisper of this in any history class!

MA in MO
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No I did not know this. I also did not know that the Crusades were against muslim/islamist/terriorist until just recently. I remember world history in school (which I doubt they even attempt to teach anymore) but I do not recall being told who the crusades were against. I also did not realize the Barberry Coast Pirates were also muslim/islamist/terriorist. I do not remember anything about the Armenian genocide that was just celebrated either. I remember studying the Ottoman Empire and how wonderful it was and what the Arabs had contributed to society. I do not remember anything being said about… Read more »

Seumas
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Seumas

ANother fun fact MA in MO, Vlad “tepes” dracul was one of the worst opponents the ottoman empire ever knew, the story goes that upon being captured and sodomized by the ottomans he was later freed, to become a ruler again, and such was his hatred towards the immoral ottomans that he fought them constantly, and in repayment of his sodomizing, some suspect anyway, he utilized impalement on pikes, thus his grim moniker of “tepes”/”tsepish” “the impaler”. While he is demonized widely (ala dracula etc.) to the romanians he was regarded as a hero who helped hold back the ottomans.… Read more »

polmutant
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indentured servant and slave laws are known by anyone that would do their own homework. the reason that it is not taught in schools is that ALL people in “America” have crossed the line from indentured servant to slaves under federal regulations. the fools are programed that they are free and live in a free country. however at this point in time it is not believed that if freedom was given to the “American” people that they would accept it, they have long forgotten the definition of freedom, as well as the responsibility of being/staying free. they have decidedly become… Read more »

ebolainfo
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Hang on a minute. So there was a slave trade but he was the first legally documented slave owner? Did this Anthony Johnson fund the ships and create the slave trade industry? No! The first paragraph undermines the whole meme: “…Negro purchased from slave traders. Negros were also granted 50 acres upon their release.” How did Anthony Johnson get to the Americas? “Anthony Johnson was a Negro from modern-day Angola. He was brought to the US to work on a tobacco farm in 1619” Brought to work? You mean captured and sold as a slave for 7 years? The narrative… Read more »

Mike howrightismike
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Mike howrightismike

Actually, ebolainfo, the narrative is correct. It states that a black man was the first slave owner in this country, and that fact is correct and documented in the post. It is your incorrect interpretation of the facts that fails.

threepercent1775
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Actually, indentured servants were not “captured and slaved” as you have said. Here, please read the following definition:
“Indentured servitude was a labor system whereby young people paid for their passage to the New World by working for an employer for a certain number of years.”
You could be forced into indentured servitude if you owed a debt or committed a crime against someone.

josephbc69
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I’ve never researched this much, but according to Wikipedia the first people used for labour were brought over as indentured servents, slavery came afterwards. As such, indentured servants were usually released after seven years and known as a ‘freedman’ or ‘freedwoman’. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slavery_in_the_colonial_United_States]
It’s curious that the name of ‘Freeman’ has remained, but I don’t know of ‘Freewoman’ as a family name.

evh
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evh

The first black people brought to the colonies were treated as indentured servants. They were released after they served 7 years.

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

They can’t handle the truth!……………..To be honest, I never knew just how it developed either.

joandarc
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joandarc

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this fascinating post. I was not aware of these important facts either. Incredible!

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Wonderful article. I to was not aware of this fact. As I look back on my public education (knowing what I now know) I see that there has been a systematic editing of the facts that would be allowed to be disseminated to students. Is it any wonder that people, including blacks of today, are screwed up in their thinking! We have all been lied to, and these very lies have caused untold misery for you, and I, and the majority of today’s American citizens–including the progeny of slaves. The fact has also been hidden that there were other races… Read more »

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

So if a Black man was the first slave owner documented,and a White President Declared the slaves FREE,the Blacks hate us-why?

ebolainfo
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It is right there in the 1st paragraph: “…Negro purchased from SLAVE TRADERS”. Slave trading. They were captured and sold as slaves. It is accepted that the trade would not have continued without the collusion of some Africans. The Africans that would sell their own are no different from the psyhcopaths that are dictators in Africa, Middle East or in Asia now. It requires a particular mindset to profit from human misery and oppression and that is where the Anglo-Saxon/Khararian alliance reigns supreme to this very day! At the core of the western economic system is the biggest fraud/con that… Read more »

threepercent1775
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Yep. Let us blame all whitey. Let whitey take the blame. All 1% that is involved. Yup no one else. Just all old whitey. White Obama who is pushing TPP, White Holder who gives guns to cartels. White Jarrett. Whitey whitey whitey.

threepercent1775
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Instead of pushing blame on WHITEY, clearly all that is messed up in the world is not the result of a RACE of humans, but a class of elite who believe their idea for humans to thrive is the only way possible. That doesn’t sound WHITEY to me, it sounds ELITE to me… and I am sure, just white males, right?

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

Well now ebola, doesn’t that just make the era of black slavery in America insignificant in the world view?

truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I’ve also read that the large MAJORITY of early slave traders were ALSO Blacks. (I guess we’d equate them being the first bootleg truckers-get a load of “dubious” cargo and haul it to wherever they “think” there might be a good market for it,sell their cargo for enough to get back home and finance the next trip.)

evh
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evh

Black slave owners in the South were no myths. William Johnson was a free man of color in Natchez, Ms. He was a very wealthy man. His home is on the Natchez tour of antebellum homes. It is located on 210 State Street, Natchez, Ms. If you ever visit Natchez, it is worth seeing.

ebolainfo
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Oh man, do you want me to believe that bankster lackey Obama is his own man? From what I can see, Obama has only been good for his cabal masters. Ask any of his bankster buddies laughing their heads of at mainstreet. As for TPP and TTIP, what entities have direct access to write the agreements? Corporations/Oligarchs! threepercent1775, are you taking the view that the presidents of the 21st century were not acting on behalf of a cabal of interests? JFK attempted to defer these anglo-saxon/khazarian turds and died. Forgive me, I cannot bring myself to call any of these… Read more »

Kevin Lankford
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Kevin Lankford

I will agree there are powers behind the scenes, at the head the ashkenazi fake jew bankers. And that for some time now presidents and probably most other high offices have been filled with their minions. There is no doubt that there is a plan of destruction at the heart of this countries troubles, and racial discord has been a major weapon under the mantra of their “strength in diversity” nonsense. One would expect the stigma and conflict would have dissipated more than it has after 150 years,but for intentional instigating. It is become all the more obvious during this… Read more »

PMB
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PMB

I seem to remember reading that there were white indentured servants as well, that being the only way they could come to this country from Europe if they did not have the means to pay their own way.

MA in MO
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You are correct. People would become endentured servants to be able to come to the New World. Seven years was the norm. However, like all laws, those who enjoyed having endentured servants were very skillful in finding ways to keep them. I have long been frustrated by the whole racial thing we tolerate in this country. Every people group that has ever existed has been in bondage at one time or another to another group who felt they were superior. It is all through out the history of the human race. There are no exceptions. The Bible in particular outlines… Read more »

Seumas
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Seumas

Given that this is the case, who owes reparations to who, exactly? Does a person who is descended from white indentured servants or slaves (and let us not forget the white child slaves that were kept in factories during the industrial times) do they get reparations? What if the white person was a slave to a black slave owner, would their descendants be able to claim reparation? Far as slave trader go, seems to me as if the “tribes” in Africa were the ones defeating each other and selling the “losers” to the traders who, in all likelihood were the… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

Excellent article with info I was not aware of. Many good comments above too. It’s hopeful to see that many are seeing through the whole race thing as contrived with new info coming out to prove how manipulated history is, but it all needs to go a big step further. The real question is….WHY is this demonization is happening and WHO is behind it ? Because they want to genocide the White race. I keep posting this but it bares repeating- it’s all laid out here in the Kalergi Plan. https://balder.org/judea/Richard-Coudenhove-Kalergi-Practical-Idealism-Vienna-1925.php Until then its’ all just endless bickering over trivia… Read more »

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truckjunkie
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truckjunkie

I really don’t get the logic behind “reparations”. WAS I a slave? No. Was I a slave owner? No. So-why do descendents of slaves believe WE should give them ANYTHING? You just CAN’T hold people responsible for wrongs done by relatives long passed,to other relatives ALSO long passed. It’s either stupidity or laziness. The same thing goes for American Indians who want reparations from people who are several generations removed from the people who did THEIR distant relatives wrong. STUPID. To walk this concept out a bit-many of us are “owed” for our distant relatives being brought to America from… Read more »

Lana
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Lana

“In whose world does this even remotely make sense?
In the Jewish World – 89 BILLION and still counting with no end I sight.
https://www.ihr.org/jhr/v08/v08p243_Weber.html