Slave or Free Black Testimony in Court

Fred Witzig's picture

Is there any situation when a male or female slave or free black person in colonial South Carolina could have spoken in a legal forum (a court, or the Assembly, or before a governor, etc), perhaps, for instance, at the request of a white defendant?  If so, are there any such cases documented?  If there was no such permission ever granted by law, are there any irregular cases of such a person doing so anyway?  I am most interested in a court situation, but I'm curious about other contexts as well.

Thank you in advance,

Fred Witzig, Monmouth College, IL

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