Thursday, December 16, 2010

231st Anniversary Since Agnes Gained her Freedom

Signature of Governor Bernardo De Galvez
on Agnes Manumission Document
16 December 1779

     After nearly a year long struggle to gain her freedom,  Agnes through the assistance of Mathieu Devaux dit Platillo was granted Freedom by the Spanish Colonial Governor of Louisiana, Bernardo de Galvez.  Picture above is Glavez actual signature affixed to her 7 page manumission document.
      Today my family and I,  as descendants stand as living memorials of her achievement.   We marked this day, 16 Dec 2010 as the 231st Anniversary of Freedom from slavery for Agnes.   
      I invited you to view if you haven't already,  the PBS program History Detectives segment called "the Galvez Papers".   May it continue to inspire as you continue along on your ancestral journey of discovery.