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A Database of Fugitive Slave Ads Reveals Thousands of Untold Resistance Stories

Posted by Jean-Yves on Apr 9, 2018
 

Freedom on the Move from Cornell University is the first major digital database of fugitive slave ads from North America.

Readers of the May 24, 1796 Pennsylvania Gazette found an advertisement offering ten dollars to any person who would apprehend Oney Judge, an enslaved woman who had fled from President George Washington’s Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon. The notice described her in detail as a “light mulatto girl, much freckled, with very black eyes and bushy black hair,” as well as her skills at mending clothes, and that she “may attempt to escape by water… it is probable she will attempt to pass as a free woman, and has, it is said, wherewithal to pay her passage.”

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