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Guide to the Thomas Gilman Papers, 1853-1907
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Description
Letters, bills of sale, poll tax, receipts, subpoena, leases.
Background
Thomas Gilman (1830-1911) purchased his freedom for $1,000 in 1852. Born into enslavement in Tennessee, Gilman was brought to California in 1850 to work in the gold mines near Shaw's Flat. Within two years he earned enough money to free himself.
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Please credit California State Library.
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Unrestricted.