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Amanda America Dickson Toomer
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Birth: Nov. 20, 1849
Hancock County
Georgia, USA
Death: Jun. 11, 1893
Georgia, USA

Amanda America was born to 40-year-old slave master David Dickson and 13-year-old slave, Julia Lewis in 1849.Legally, Amanda was still a slave until her grandmother's death in 1864.By the 1860s David Dickson was the richest planter in Hancock County, with 150 slaves, 350 cattle, 600 hogs, 200 sheep and 57 mules and horses.Amanda was still a teen-ager when she married her father's nephew, Charles Eubanks. Because of anti-miscegenation laws, they couldn't legally marry in Georgia. One of the first laws the Georgia State legislature passed after the war reinstated the prohibition against interracial marriage.In 1873, Mr. Dickson deeded 1,560 acres of land worth $10,000 to Amanda.On Feb. 18, 1885, Mr. Dickson took his morning ride over the farm, came home, said he was cold and lay down for a nap. He never woke up. Clinging to his body, Amanda cried, "Now I am an orphan,'' though her mother was still alive.The bulk of his estate, 17,000 acres, valued at $500,000, went to Amanda -- making her the largest property owner in Hancock County.On July 14, 1892, she married Nathan Toomer of Perry, Ga. Amanda got sick. She was intermittently unconscious from nervous shock. The doctors diagnosed her with neurasthenia, a disease characterized by profound physical and nervous exhaustion. She died at 5 p.m. June 11, 1893. She was the richest woman in the south, at that, a black woman during the civil war era. Atlanta also has an "Amanda America Dickson" day they celebrate.  
 
Burial:
Cedar Grove Cemetery
Houston County
Georgia, USA
Plot: Toomer Plot
 
Created by: Ashlee Estis
Record added: Jan 17, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 10337890
Amanda America <i>Dickson</i> Toomer
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