Free Persons of Color
Pennsylvanians of African Heritage emerge from enslavement to build community.
Money and Fry Have a 200-Year Lease on Property
Notice included with a Sheriff Sale
The following advertisement appeared in The Pennsylvania Gazette, advertising a Sheriff's sale at public auction of a farm and land. What would typically be a very common notice included a note at the end that made it extraordinary: that nearly one-fifth of the land being sold was leased to two African American men, Money and Fry, for 200 years.
Text of advertisement:
Pennsylvania Gazette, 21 May 1767