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Slavery and the Making of AmericaDramatic re-enactment of slaves being transported on a boat
Time and Place Slave Memories Resources The Slave Experience

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Importation's End
1787
The Northwest Ordinance forbids slavery, except as criminal punishment, in the Northwest Territory (later Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin). Residents of the territory are required to return fugitive slaves.

1787
The U.S. Constitution is drafted in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1787
Black preacher Richard Allen founds the African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

1787
Prince Hall founds the first black fraternal organization, the African Mason Lodge, in Boston, Massachusetts. It provides services to the black community and lobbies against slavery and discrimination.

1787
Rhode Island forbids residents from participating in the slave trade.

1787
Delaware regulates interstate slave trade.

1787
South Carolina ends domestic and international slave trade.

1787
North Carolina levies a prohibitive duty on imported African slaves.

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