Hannah Coalter

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Hannah Coalter

Hannah Coalter of  “Chatham” attempted to emancipate her 92 slaves in her 1857 will.  Their manumission was to take place in January 1858.   But, it was blocked successfully in the Virginia courts by J. Horace Lacy, a Coalter in-law relation who bought the plantation.  (Image: Chatham, National Park Service)