How dare you!? How dare you not include a drop the mic gif with your post:Antoine Dubuclet is brought up by Grooms. It's true he was a wealthy slaveholder.
In fact most of the slaveholders brought up in the "black slaveholder" discussion came from Louisiana, and that state was rather unique. They were "Colored Creoles," - many were upwardly mobile, wealthy and a disproportional number owned slaves.
The distinction is often blurred though when referring to them as "Black slaveowners" as
1) most looked quite fair skinned by appearance.
2) many were of European ancestry, not considered "African" or "Black" - and were given special status for a time.
"By 1843, the Colored group was no longer named as legislative special case, but they still considered themselves exempt, and the courts still usually upheld their special status. Numerous court cases held that the Colored Creoles were not considered Black regarding freedom papers, curfews, and the like. But by the 1850s, the courts had begun to treat all but the wealthiest and most powerful Colored Creoles as free Blacks."
The One-Drop Rule Arrives in the Postbellum Lower South | | The Color Line and the One-Drop Rule
In fact it was considered an insult to call a Colored Creole a "Free Black."
Legally, They were "Colored" a serious distinction made by numerous courts.
A Free Black there was not allowed a trial by Jury BUT! “Free persons of Colour" *were* entitled to a trial by jury.
"Justice Porter went on to explain that, since the [Colored Creole] was not Black..."
Legal History of the Color Line: The Rise and Triumph of the One-drop Rule
It's a rather fascinating nugget regarding the caste system back then which some probably didn't care to hear, (or maybe even bother to read) -- but I enjoy sharing these little bits of history. It's how I roll.
How many knew there three legal color lines back then? White, Colored, and Black.