The General Assembly passes an act allowing any “lawfull authority” to kill runaway or resisting slaves.

The General Assembly passes “An act for suppressing outlying slaves,” which grants county sheriffs, their deputies, and any other “lawfull authority” the ability to kill any slaves resisting, running away, or refusing to surrender when so ordered. The act seeks to prevent “abominable mixture and spurious issue” by prohibiting mixed-race marriages.