The antique documents were tied up by a ribbon and kept in an old safe for years, first in the general stores that Danny Dyer’s family ran in Accokeek, Maryland, and later in his house nearby.
He wasn’t certain what they were. “Deed of Manumission,” many of them said, and named dozens of men, women and children. Unsure what manumission was, he looked it up. It was the act of freeing a slave.
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