Case of Petrona Celestina
@ Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division. The New York Public Library
DescriptionLegal papers regarding a legal suit brought by Juan Bravo against Isabel Medina seeking to cancel a contract for the purchase of a slave girl, and restitution of sale price. Bravo purchased Petrona Celestina, a 16 year-old slave, from Medina, and subsequently discovered that the girl was a chronic runaway and had contracted a venereal disease. Among the witnesses in the trial was Petrona's mother, Concepcion Gurman (p 6). Summary of Bravo's case against Medina can be found on p 16.