Celeste, a woman of color v. LaForce Papin
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To the Honorable LukeLuke E ELuke E . Lawlep Judge of
the third Judicial circuit for the state of missouri

The petition of CelesteCeleste a woman of color respects
fully represents that she was born in the
town of Saint LouisSt Louis about six years ago
and is the daughter of JudyJudy who was born in
the state of VirginiaVirginia about the year 1786 and
when about 10 or 11 years old was brought to Louis
-ville KentuckyKentucky and sold to a certain WilliamWilliam SullivanSullivan
who kepther for a short time as a slave
and then sold her to a certain RobertRobert Bunton BuntonRobert Bunton
a resident of the town of VincennesVincennes in the north-
western- Territory. That the said Burton took your
petitioners mother to the town of VincennesVincennes in the
Territory aforesaid about the year 1789 at which
place she was owned and continued to be held as
a slave by the said Burton for the space of two
years or upwards. That after your petitioners mother
had been held and treated as a slave in the
town of VincennesVincennes and Territory aforesaid for the
length of time set forth above she was sent to
KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the said Territory and some short
time afterwards sold to a certain WilliamWilliam LecompteLecompte
of the town of St LouisSt Louis in upper Louisi-
ana where she has remained in slavery ever since.

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Your petitioner further represents that she is now
illegally held in slavery by a certain LaforceLaforce Papin
PapinLaforce Papin of Saint LouisSt Louis contrary to the ordi
nancepassed by CongressCongress on the day of
July 1787. Your petitioner therefore prays
that she may be permitted to sue as a
poor person in order 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 in dutybound will we pray

CelesteCeleste her mark a woman of color