Country Negroes Travelling to and from Richmond.

June 1, 1870


There are "negroes" from various counties who go into and out of Richmond daily. Since it is election season in Richmond, a question has been brought up regarding whether these individuals' have the right to vote in the city.


For the Dispatch Living immediately on the canal, a short distance above the city, I noticed during registration a number of negroes daily passing along the tow-path in the direction of Richmonf. Since the election I have seen the same partied passing up, as if they were on their way home, Having been living at this place for some time, I know this to be the case whenever an election comes off in Richmond. Again: I know of negroes who have registered and voted at the late election in your city who live with their families in Fluvanna, Goochland, Powhatan, and Cumberland counties. This can be proven. Have we no law on the subject? If so please let us know the penalty.
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