In the pivotal case of the U.S. v. The Armistad, Story ruled for the majority in 1841. By considering the slaves to be kidnapped Africans, illegally detained and restrained, Justice Story held they were not considered as pirates or the lawful property of a slaveholder. Because the slaves had been illegally seized and transported, their actions regain their freedom by taking control of the ship were justified as self-defense in spite of the resulting death of the captain. Justice Story ordered the Africans to be freed and allowed to return to their homeland.
Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.
Location: 26 Winter Street, Salem, Essex, 01970
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Neil and Martha Chayet
Location Type: Site