1831-1832 Laws of North Carolina Ch. 13, “An Act to Provide for the Collection of Fines Imposed upon Free Negroes or Free Persons of Colour.”
A free Negro or free person of color who is convicted of an offense and cannot pay the fine can be hired out to someone who will pay it in exchange for work. This law led to “tied mule” incidents (see entry 54, pp. 44-45).