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The Year of Jubilee (1863)

Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


March 1785: Isaac, alias John, remains at large from Leesburg, Virginia

Sixteen Dollars Reward.
Ran away from the subscriber, living in Leesburgh, Loudon county, Virginia, on the 6th of May last, a Negro Man; named Isaac, about 25 years of age, very black and much pitted with the small pox, about 5 feet 8 or 9 inches high, slim made, of an impudent contenance, talks quick and gives short answers, has worked at the tanning business several years.

Whoever takes up said slave, and secures hism so that his master gets him again, shall receive the above reward.

John Rieger.
N. B. He has changed his name and passes by that of John. Whoever takes said negro must secure him well, or he will give them the slip.

Source: Pennsylvania Packet and Daily Advertiser, Friday, 18 March 1785.

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

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