Mary Clark
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Markerman62
N 38° 40.580 W 087° 31.605
16S E 454180 N 4280991
Quick Description: Located on North 8th Street near Broadway Street on courthouse lawn, Vincennes
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 11/10/2021 5:57:14 PM
Waymark Code: WM158YZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Muirwoody
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Long Description:
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Born circa 1801, Clark, a slave, was purchased in Kentucky in 1814 by B. J. Harrison, brought to Vincennes in 1815, and indentured as his servant. In 1816, G.W. Johnston purchased her indenture for 20 years. In 1821, Clark and attorney Amory Kinney petitioned Knox County Circuit Court to terminate her indenture because she was held illegally “as a slave.”
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Side 2
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Circuit Court ruled Clark “freely” entered into her indenture and had to complete it. Upon appeal, Indiana Supreme Court ruled in November 1821 that Clark’s suit proved her service was involuntary, violating Indiana’s 1816 Constitution. Court discharged her from service. Ruling contributed to end of indentured servitude in Indiana. Clark died in 1840.
County: Knox County

Year Placed: 2009

Name: Mary Clark

ID#: 42.2009.1.

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