MULBERRY GROVE-FIRST MEETING AREA IN HARRIS COUNTY

The first camp meeting area of Harris County, Mulberry Grove, was legally established:

"And be it further enacted by the authority aforesaid, That the Camp Ground in the County of Harris adjacent to Mulberry Creek shall be known and called `The Mulberry Camp Ground' and that Samuel Pitts, Nathaniel Blackman, Francis Cook, William Whitehead and Richard Dozier shall be and they are hereby appointed trustees for the same and that they and their successors in office are hereby declared to be a body corporate by the name and style of `The Trustees of the Mulberry Camp Ground."86

PROTECTIVE MEASURES

Camp meetings were legally protected from secular intrusion.

"The General Assembly of the State of Georgia do enact that the Trustees, Commissioners and other owners of Camp Grounds of this state shall have the exclusive rights to prevent intruders and squatters in the same manner as is now authorized by law against intruders and trespassers upon land in this state." 87

"And be it further enacted that it shall not be lawful for any person or any slave or free person of color to vend or expose to sale during the period of divine worship, within one mile of the place of worship in said Camp Grounds any article, commodity, or anything whatever without the written consent of a majority of said Trustees, Commissioners or owners, under penalty." A white person who is indicted, on conviction is fined or imprisoned at the discretion of the court. A convicted slave or free person of color receives such corporal punishment as the court may inflict."

"Be it further enacted that this act shall take effect from and after this passage and that all conflicting laws be repealed." 89


86 Georgia Laws, Section 3, Acts of Churches 1836, p. 78.
87 Ibid, Section 12 (1863-64, Extra Session), p. 63.
89 Ibid, Section 14, December 14, 1863.


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