RCC Honors History Project

Excerpt from Virginia Slave Laws, 1667

Posted by nrohr on September 29, 2008

An act declaring that baptisme of slaves doth not exempt themfrom bondage.

Whereas some doubts have risen whether children that are slaves by birth, and by the charity and piety of their owners made pertakers of the blessed sacrament of baptisme, should by vertue of their baptisme be made ffree; It is enacted and declared by this grand assembly, and the authority thereof, that the conferring of baptisme doth not alter the condition of the person as to his bondage or ffreedome; that diverse masters, ffreed from this doubt, may more carefully endeavour the propagation of christianity by permitting children, though slaves, or those of greater growth if capable to be admitted to that sacrament.

http://ezproxy.rcc.edu:2076/NuHistory/default.asp?ItemID=WE52&NewItemID=True

I guess they didn’t want God getting in the way of the gold!

“charity and piety,” huh?

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