A Black Code of DC

Prior to the 1830s slaves made up the majority of the work force in DC and in Washington City which was downtown DC as we know it today had a 10pm curfew. In 1808 if you were free and violated curfew it would cost you $5 and by 1810 if you were free and violated curfew you got 6 months in jail and if you were enslaved you got 40 lashes.

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Don Folden