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September 1831: Nace breaks prison and heads for Pennsylvania

$200 Reward.
Broke from the Jail of Harford county, Md. on the night of the 1st inst. a Negro man, named Nace; who was committed to Jail for house-burning. This negro is about 23 years of age, five feet nine or ten inches high, straight and well made. His complexion is black; he is bold in his manner of speaking, and has an expression of fierceness in his countenance, rather uncommon in a negro.

When he broke from jail he left his hat and shoes, and had on blue striped pantaloons, and a grey cloth roundabout. He is a negro of desperate character, having been indicted for horse stealing and burning two houses. He has probably made his way to Pennsylvania. The above reward will be given, if the said negro is brought to me, or secured in any jail so that I get him.

Joshua Guyton,
Sheriff of Harford county, Md.
Sep 9.

The Columbia Spy and York Gazette will insert the above 4 times and send their accounts to this office for payment.

Source: Lancaster Journal, 23 September 1831.

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

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