There were a different type of fireworks that sparked the air. The sparks of freedom filled the air for hundreds of thousands of newly freed Africans who were held as slaves in both parishes. My ancestors being some of the enslaved Africans who cried tears of joy because the freedom bell rung. The Richardson, Vining and Harrell's were slaves in St. Helena and East Feliciana Parishes, Louisiana.
I'll be forever grateful to Stephanie K. Martin-Quiatte slavery database records for St. Helena Parish. Her extensive slave database can help many African Americans find their enslaved ancestors.
I found a man named "Wash" in a sheriff's sale in St. Helena Parish, Bailey Chaney vs. William Whitten on August 4, 1860 in the database she published.
State of Louisiana Parish of St. Helena Eigth Judicial District court #2,40(?) Bailey Chaney vs William Whitten By virtue of a writ of Fieri Facina (?) issued from the honorable court aforesaid, in the above entitled suit, and directed to the Sheriff of St. Helena Parish, and State aforesaid, I have seized on and will offer for sale to the highest bidder at the courthouse door in the town of Greensburg on Saturday, the 4th day of August 1860, between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm of said day. It being the first Saturday in said month all the rights title, interest and claim of the defendant R.P. Lee in and to the following named property to wit: A certain Negro named Wash, age of about 25 years and black in color. Property pointed out by the plaintiff to satisfy the above writ and all cost. Terms of sale, cash with the benefit of appraisment J.J. Wheat, Sheriff Greensburg June 30, 1860
For more information please visit her databases at