The very first slave owner in America was a man by the name of Anthony Johnson (AD 1600 – 1670).
He was an Angolan who had been captured by a neighboring tribe and sent to this country as an indentured servant.
He became free after his seven years was up and he began to make money. He had four white slaves and a Black indentured servant.
Should whites not expect reparations for slavery from the Blacks. No matter that it occurred hundreds of years ago and no white man today was ever a slave and no Black man today ever owned slaves.
The black indentured servant John Casar (Casar, Cazarao and Corsala) demanded that Johnson release him after his seven years of indenture.
Johnson released Casor but then went into court and won the right to take him back to his 250-acre farm.
Are there any statues of Anthony Johnson? If so, where can I find it, so I can tear it down? Will we now get a White History Month? Why do I have the sudden urge to burn down the local stores after I loot them?
In the case of Johnson v. Parker, the court of Northampton County upheld Johnson’s right to hold Casor as a slave, saying in its ruling of 8 March 1655:
“This daye Anthony Johnson negro made his complaint to the court against mr. Robert Parker and declared that hee deteyneth his servant John Casor negro under the pretence that said negro was a free man. The court seriously consideringe and maturely weighing the premisses, doe fynde that the saide Mr. Robert Parker most unjustly keepeth the said Negro from Anthony Johnson his master … It is therefore the Judgement of the Court and ordered That the said John Casor Negro forthwith returne unto the service of the said master Anthony Johnson, And that Mr. Robert Parker make payment of all charges in the suit.”
In a 1926 article, John H. Russell wrote, “Indeed no earlier record, to our knowledge, has been found of judicial support given to slavery in Virginia except as a punishment for a crime.”