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- 1806 – The 160th Virginia General Assembly moved to remove the free Negro population from Virginia with a law that stated that all emancipated slaves, freed after this date, who remained in the Commonwealth more than a year, would forfeit his right to freedom and be sold by the "Overseers of the Poor" for the benefit of the parish. Families wishing to stay were to petition the legislature through the local county court. This law remained in effect until 1837. Until the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed slavery in 1865, African Americans in Virginia were either free or enslaved.