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Missouri v. Celia, a Slave

  • By: Diane Cismowski
  • In: Encyclopedia of Race and Crime
  • Edited by: Helen Taylor Greene & Shaun L. Gabbidon
  • Subject:Race, Ethnicity & Crime, Ethnic Studies

A Black slave woman, Celia (no known last name), was approximately 14 years old when Robert Newsom bought her in 1850 as a slave for his Missouri farm. After several years of being raped repeatedly by Newsom, Celia killed him, was ...

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