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The Tennessee Supreme Court case of Ford v. Ford Was Settled in 1846 and Granted the Ford Slaves Their Freedom

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I'm always surprised and delighted to discover pieces of American history relating to slavery and those of that era who stood against the status quo in order to speak the truth.

"The Ford v. Ford case was created following the death of Loyd Ford of Washington County. Ford owned slaves and penned a will that freed the slaves and presented them his property upon his death. Following Ford’s death, the slaves went to present the will, which led to the resulting court case that they were able to win.

In a written recap of the case by G. Brian Jackson on the Tennessee Encyclopedia website, he recalls the court’s opinion, which was made by Justice Nathan Green.

While Ford’s family contested the slaves had no rights, Greene stated,
“A slave is not in the condition of a horse or an ox. His liberty is restrained, it is true. … But he is made after the image of the Creator. He has mental capacities, and an immortal principle in his nature, that constitute him equal to his owner, but for the accidental position in which fortune has placed him. … (T)he laws under which he is held as a slave have not and cannot extinguish his high-born nature nor deprive him of his many rights which are inherent in man.”​

The Tennessee Supreme Court case of Ford v. Ford was settled in 1846 and was the last driving factor in splintering the Ford family. After years of oppression Ford family slaves were able to win the case and become free. 172 years later, it's all about coming together as family.

Ford family reunion rich in Tennessee, civil rights history

 
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I wonder why this case didn't set precedent.
 

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I'm always surprised and delighted to discover pieces of American history relating to slavery and those of that era who stood against the status quo in order to speak the truth.

"The Ford v. Ford case was created following the death of Loyd Ford of Washington County. Ford owned slaves and penned a will that freed the slaves and presented them his property upon his death. Following Ford’s death, the slaves went to present the will, which led to the resulting court case that they were able to win.

In a written recap of the case by G. Brian Jackson on the Tennessee Encyclopedia website, he recalls the court’s opinion, which was made by Justice Nathan Green.

While Ford’s family contested the slaves had no rights, Greene stated,
“A slave is not in the condition of a horse or an ox. His liberty is restrained, it is true. … But he is made after the image of the Creator. He has mental capacities, and an immortal principle in his nature, that constitute him equal to his owner, but for the accidental position in which fortune has placed him. … (T)he laws under which he is held as a slave have not and cannot extinguish his high-born nature nor deprive him of his many rights which are inherent in man.”​

The Tennessee Supreme Court case of Ford v. Ford was settled in 1846 and was the last driving factor in splintering the Ford family. After years of oppression Ford family slaves were able to win the case and become free. 172 years later, it's all about coming together as family.

Ford family reunion rich in Tennessee, civil rights history

A wrong righted by a white man in a white court.
 

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A wrong righted by a white man in a white court.
In the state where the KKK was founded.

1 case Ram, it was one case. How many other were not so lucky?
 

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I wonder why this case didn't set precedent.
It did, that slaves could be granted freedom and inherit by actions set down in their owner's last will and testament, as was ruled and awarded that day by the Tennessee Supreme Court.
 
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