September 1, 2022
Bob Vernon will present the story of Phoebe, an Indian, and her struggle to regain her freedom
In 1752 12-year old Phoebe, an Indian, was sold as a slave in Albemarle County. She petitioned for her freedom and in 1760 an Albemarle jury restored her liberty. However, probably through appeals, she and her children remained enslaved and she petitioned again in 1780 and 1783. The presentation will detail her life as a slave, her release in 1790, and the fate of her children. Documents discovered reveal her surname, the tribe of which she was a member, and the date and location of her death. This documentation will be used to request a state historical marker honoring her long struggle for freedom.