The  "Free Moors" of South Carolina

The "Turks" of Sumter County (shown in blue on the graphic on the right) are apparently quite distinct from -
the "Free Moors" of the 1789 SC Legislative petition.  The latter appear in the Charleston 1790 census (shown in yellow on the graphic on the right).

James W. Hagy, "Muslim Slaves, Abducted Moors, African Jews, Misnamed Turks, & An Asiatic Greek Lady: Some Examples of Non-European Religious & Ethnic Diversity in South Carolina Prior to 1861," CAROLOGUE, Spring 1993. Copies of this article may be obtained by writing the South Carolina Historical Society, 100 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29401.   Images of this article.  Note, these images are not of high quality, are large, and will load slowly.  I will try to obtain higher quality images, and convert them to faster loading text as time permits.  My OCR software will not read these.

The "Free Moors" of South Carolina

JOURNAL OF THE SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, 1789-1790. This published volume, which is for sale from the SCDAH, contains the information dealing with the petition of the Moors. A report by the committee assigned to deal with their petition stated that they were not subject to the slave laws. There was no Act passed on this subject, however.

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We will add to this page as we obtian these records and manuscripts.

Anyone with information on Moors, Turks, Gypsies,  Travellers, or any other ethnic groups in this area please contact me.


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