Afrolumens Project  home pageslavery
Share |

Study Areas:



Free Persons of Color

The Violent Decade

Underground Railroad

US Colored Troops

Civil War

The Year of Jubilee (1863)

Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


June 1821: Guy Dickerson Believed Living in Lancaster after a Christmas 1820 Escape

$100 Reward.
Went away on Christmas day, negro Guy Dickerson, who had permission to go into the country about 10 miles to spend the holidays, not having been there, nor heard from since, I have reason to believe that some accident may have befallen him, or to fear that he may have run away. If the last be the case, I will give $100 reward if apprehended out of this state and secured so that he may delivered to me; and $50 reward if within the state, or any reasonable compensation for intelligence whereby the said negro may be found or apprehended.

Guy is about 28 years old, is a black, thick, well made fellow, about 5 feet 5 inches high, has thick lips and a down look when spoken to--his eyes are large--he was brought up to farming, but has driven a cart for the last 4 or 5 years for me. He is fond of horses, and was bought by me near Elk Ridge Landing of the late Mr. Hill Dorsey, about 5 years since, and has conducted himself so well that it has never been necessary for me to correct him. I am of opinion that the said negro has been persuaded away by some evil disposed and pretended friend of his.

From the best information the above negro is in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, and has taken up with a negro woman about 20 years old, who has one child. He was taken into said county in a wagon drove by a stout negro fellow. Any information given by letter to the subscriber, living in Sharp-street, Baltimore, will be duly attended to.

John Berry.
June 22.

Source: Lancaster Journal, 22 June 1821.

Covering the history of African Americans in central Pennsylvania from the colonial era through the Civil War.

Support the Afrolumens Project. Buy the books:

The Year of Jubilee, Volume One: Men of God, Volume Two: Men of Muscle




About the AP | Contact AP | Mission Statement | Archives