BLACK IS A SLAVE STATUS IN THE UNITED STATES
NEGRO LAW OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
The Status of the Negro, his Rights and Disabilities.
Sec. 4. The term negro is confined to slave Africans, (the ancient Berbers) and their descendants. It does not embrace the free inhabitants of Africa, such as the Egyptians, Moors
1871 North Carolina Joint Senate and House Committee as they interviewed Robeson County Judge Giles Leitch about the 'free persons of color' living within his county:
Senate: Half of the colored population?
Leitch: Yes Sir; half of the colored population of Robeson County were never slaves at all…
By the latter-half of the sixteenth century the English were referring to the people of Africa as Ethiopians, Blackamoors, Negroes, and Moors, somewhat interchangeably. "Negro" gradually came to be the dominant term, especially after exhaustive contact with the Spanish and the Portuguese. What is not clear is the extent to which the term "negro" was consciously translated as "black." The automatic association of "negro" with "black" color cannot be assumed since may "Black" Africans are actually of medium or dark brown color. In any case, another association gradually arose, and that was between "negro" and "slave." Early legislation commonly referred to "negro and other slaves" or to "negro, mulatto, and Indian slaves." Over the years "negro" and "black" both became synonymous with enslavement.