Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Don.Morfe
N 40° 28.601 W 077° 07.963
18T E 319218 N 4482851
Quick Description: In July 1841, three Md. slaves, Alick, Tom, and Ben, were pursued to Newport by bounty hunters. While Ben drowned as he attempted to cross the Juniata River, the other two were captured.
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 4/26/2020 11:45:32 AM
Waymark Code: WM12CBT
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member wayfrog
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Long Description:
Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue-In July 1841, three Md. slaves, Alick, Tom, and Ben, were pursued to Newport by bounty hunters. While Ben drowned as he attempted to cross the Juniata River, the other two were captured. Several Newport citizens aided the fugitives’ escape, and in 1842 six of them were fined in a federal court for their actions. The event is an example of growing tensions between the North and the South prior to the Civil War that led to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.
Marker Name: Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue

County: Perry

Date Dedicated: 7/19/2015

Marker Type: Roadside

Location: at Lutheran church, Market St. (Rt. 34) at 4th St., Newport

Category: African American, Government & Politics 19th Century, Underground Railroad

Website: Not listed

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