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Harper, Maryland in Liberia and Baltimore, Maryland, November 1837. $1, 50c, 25c, 10c, and 5c reprint banknote, black and light brown on pink paper. Payable at the Government Store in Harper, Maryland in Liberia. The Maryland State Colonization Society was responsible for founding the Republic of Maryland in West Africa, a short lived independent state that in 1857 was annexed by Liberia. In December 1831, the Maryland state legislature appropriated US $10,000 for 26 years to transport free blacks and ex-slaves from the United States to Africa. Free passage was offered, plus rent, 5 acres of land to farm, and low interest loans which would eventually be forgiven if the settlers chose to remain in Liberia. At the same time, measures were enacted to force freed slaves to leave the state, unless a court of law found them to be of such "extraordinary good conduct and character" that they might be permitted to remain. Any slave manumitted by his master must be reported to the authorities, and county clerks who did not do so could be fined. It was in order to carry out this legislative purpose that the Maryland State Colonization Society was established. Evidently, the purpose of this company was not as altruistic as it seemed. Professionally framed. 23"x19" Excellent

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MARYLAND STATE COLONIZATION SOCIETY AFRICAN MONEY

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