Laura, a woman of colour v. Henry B. Belt
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To the Honorable Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton Judge
of the Circuit Court of the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis and state of MissouriMissouri.

Your petitioner LauraLaura
, a woman of colour, states that she is a free
person and as such is entitled to her freedom. But
that she is held as a slave and is in possess
ion of HenryHenry . B. Belt. She states that she is
entitled to her freedom because she was taken
in 1847 or 1848 by her then owner and master
John MC KenneyKinney from the state of MissouriMissouri
to the United StatesUnited States Territory, called Indian Territory,
near Fort Scott. In which Territory slavery is
prohibited said territory being north of thirty six, 36, degrees
thirty (30) minutes, north latitude. she states further that
said MC KenneyKinney resided and made his home in the
aforesaid territory from the time above mentioned
until about september 1850 and that she your
petitioner remained with and performed labour for
said MC KinneyKinney in the aforesaid territory during the
time heretofore stated and therfore she claims
to be free. Your petitioiner also states that she
is a poor person without any estate and prays
that she have leave to sue as a poor person
according to the statute in such cases
provided.

LauraLaura

By her Attorney

JoelJoel C RichmondRichmond Joel