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Ohio lawmaker fighting for land promised to freed slaves to be awarded to their descendants

An old photo shows 17 Black men and boys wearing baseball uniforms posed in two rows.
Members of the Randolph Freedpeople pose for a photo.

In 1833, Virginian landowner John Randolph freed nearly 400 people from slavery in his will. A legal battle ensued.

More than 3,000 acres in Mercer County were supposed to go to them, but it never happened.

Now, nearly two centuries later, a state lawmaker wants justice for their descendants.


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