Category: Pennsylvania Slave Owners

Categories: Slave Owners in America | Slavery, Pennsylvania

While lauded as the first state to end slavery, loopholes in the law continued to enforce it. In reality, Pennsylvania did not abolish the barbaric practice until 1847.


Dribben, M. (2003, January 4). Pennsylvania slavery by the numbers. Philadelphia Inquirer.

1790 Census Records indicate:

  • District: Pennsylvania
  • Free White Males over 16: 110,788
  • Free White Males under 16: 106,948
  • Free White Females: 206,363
  • Others: 6,537
  • Slaves: 3,737

Total: 434,373 SOURCE: Wikipedia,

1800 Census Records indicate:

Pennsylvania Eastern District

Slaves: 557

Pennsylvania Western District

Slaves: 1149 SOURCE: Wikipedia,

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