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The Year of Jubilee (1863)

Regional Fugitive Slave Advertisements


April 1812: Waterman Baccus once again eludes his captors in Prince William County, Virginia

Twenty Dollars Reward.
Escaped from teh Jail of Prince William County on teh 22d of April a Negro Man named Baccus. He is about 5 feet 3 or 4 inches high, dark complection, well made for his height; had on when he escaped a blue roundabout and linen sailor trowsers; he had been runaway 2 or 3 years and been following the water, has been to the West Indies and will likely try to get on board of some vessel.

I will give the above Reward to any person that will apprehend said Negro and secure him in any Jail so that I get him again, and all reasonable expences paid if delivered to the subscriber.

John Fewel, Jailor.
P.S. All masters of vessels is forewarned from carrying away the said slave under the penalty of the law.
Dumfries, April 27.

Source: Alexandria Daily Gazette, Wednesday, 29 April 1812.

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

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