Judy, a woman of color v. Barry Meachum
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To the Honorable Luke ELuke E . Lawlep Judge of the third
Judicial Circuit for the state of missouri:

The petition of JudyJudy a woman of color respectfully
represents that she was born in the state of VirginiaVirginia
about the year seventeen hundred and eighty six and
when about ten or eleven years old was brought to Louis
-ville KentuckyKentucky and sold to a certain WilliamWilliam SullivanSullivan
who kept her for a short time as a slave and then
sold her to a certain Robert BuntonRobert Bunton a resident of
the town of VincennesVincennessupplied> in the north - western Territory.
That the said BuntonBunton took your petitioner to the town
of VincennesVincennes in the territory aforesaid about the
year seventeen hundred and ninety eight in which
place she was owned and continued to he held as a
slave by the said BuntonBunton for the space of two years
or upwards. That after your petitioner had been
held and treated as a slave in the town of
and Territory aforesaid for the length of
time set forth above she was sent to Kaskas-
kia in the said Territory and some short time
afterwards sold to a certain WilliamWilliam LecompteLecompte
of the town of Saint LouisSt Louis in the province of upper
LouisianaLouisiana where she has remained in slavery ever
since. Your petitioner further represents that she is

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now illegally held in slavery by a certain BerryBerry Meachum MeachumBerry Meachum , a free man of color
of saint Louis contrary to the provisions of an ordiance
passed by the congress of the UnitedUnited States StatesUnited States on the 13th day of July 1787. Your petitioner therefore prays that she
may be permitted to sue as a poor person in or-
der to establish her right to freedom, that counsel
be assigned her for that purpose and finally
that your Honor may grant the usual orders in
such cases and as in duty bound will ever pray
& C

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