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Posted January 06. 2013 1:02PM

234 years later, NH Legislature might answer slaves’ plea for freedom

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On Nov. 12, 1779, 20 black slaves in Portsmouth sent a petition to New Hampshire’s General Assembly. Amid the rhetoric and battles of the Revolutionary War, they asked lawmakers to free them and make sure 'that the Name of Slave may not more be heard in a Land gloriously contending for the Sweets of Freedom.'