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Article-a-Day #120: Equal Justice Initiative-January 18, 1771-North Carolina General Assembly Approved the Disbursement for White Enslavers Who Received Money for Execution of Enslaved Black People

On January 18, 1771, the North Carolina General Assembly approved the disbursement of public funds to enslavers as compensation for the executions of Black people they held in bondage. Nearly a dozen enslavers received money from the state, including a white man in Duplin County who was given eighty pounds—the equivalent of over $18,000 today—following the government-led execution of a man he enslaved by the name of George.