The Petition

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The names of more than 3,000 African American South Carolinians follow introductory text petitioning the U.S. Congress to “not sanction any state Constitution, which does not secure the exercise of the right of the elective franchise to all loyal citizens, … without distinction of Color” so that they could enjoy “our equal rights before the law.” Some petitioners signed with their own hand, other names were transcribed by the same hand. At least one individual made his mark. Some groups only signed on one side of the page; others used both.

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