This document certifies that on February 25, 1851, James F. Lipscomb testified before a Cumberland County court that he was a free man. Lipscomb, a mulatto born into freedom, had to produce evidence to prove his status. Having satisfied the court, Lipscomb was able to register as a free man "according to law." B. B. Woodson, a court official, certified Lipscomb's registration on February 26, 1851.
This document is part of the Cumberland County Free Negro and Slave Records at the Library of Virginia.