Man sues state of Alabama over document from 1865 giving him right to own “black slaves”

Huntsville, AL | An Alabama man is suing the state of Alabama over a 153-year-old document he claims entitles him to own several black individuals and their descendants.

Hank Wyatt, 53, is suing the state of Alabama claiming the will of his great-great-grandfather, William Hugh Patton, has been illegally nullified by current state judges.

Hank Wyatt recently came into possession of a document dating from 1865 previously owned by his great-great-grandfather, William Hugh Patton, which claims he legally bought four “negro” prisoners from the state of Alabama.

The 153-year-old document signed by the Governor of Alabama at the time, Thomas H. Watts, boldly states that William Hugh Patton is given ownership over the aforementioned prisoners as well as to all of their descendants.

“I ain’t saying I want those people’s descendants to be my slaves. I just want a financial compensation, because legally, I own them,” Hank Wyatt told reporters.

Hank Wyatt’s attorney, Robert Lindsay, claims his client is entitled to a financial compensation since the document’s authenticity has been proven and complies with current federal laws.

“My client’s demands clearly comply with current federal laws and the State of Alabama has the obligation of compensating my client for refusing to honor this contract,” attorney Robert Lindsay explained.

The Thirteen amendment to the United States Constitution declared slavery and involuntary servitude illegal in 1865, except as a punishment for criminality.

This loophole, according to modern historians, was used to control, suppress and decimate communities of color, through mass arrests and imprisonment after the Civil War where black men’s free labor was used to help rebuild a ravaged South.

5 Comments on "Man sues state of Alabama over document from 1865 giving him right to own “black slaves”"

  1. Margueritarobinson | May 16, 2020 at 6:48 am | Reply

    We are human and just diffrent color but we love feel think cry etc.We work go to school colleges andWe take care of are family.We have rights no more being a slave.

  2. This man is out of his mind you pay me good enough I will be your servant under a certain condition

  3. All I’m saying is grant this money he’s due and then those same names have their decendants waiting for their funds from slavery he wins and they win.

  4. OK, my great, great grandfather was a slave to his great, great, grandfather. so now what? I wish your salvage looking a** would try it. I will make you regret suing. Why do salvaged people like him think black people not gone f**k him up. Wake up dude, nobody’s going for it. This is not 1800’s.

  5. Alabama …I think its great hes keeping on the table…they cant hide anymore. Bring it up to the surface till its finally gone. All are created equal. The state of Alabama still dosent recognize that. Thank you sir for proving us what you call ‘race baiters’ correct. Racism and ignorance not only exist but are alive and well and coming out of the closet again.

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