The Manumission of the Robinson Family
In the late 1850's Planter Jon Lee died. Owner of James Robinson's wife Susan Gaskins and their eight children, Lee freed the entire Robinson family still living on his property in his will. Unfortunately, two of the family's sons, Alfred and James, were sold further South to Louisiana by Lee before the rest of the family was freed in his will. Many families were broken up in this heartbreaking way during slavery.
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