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First fugitive slave case in Philadelphia under new federal law

Robert Cooper Grier, detail
10/19/1850
In the first ruling in Philadelphia following passage of the new federal Fugitive Slave Act, Justice Robert Cooper Grier freed a black man who had been claimed as a runaway slave by Mary Saunder. The verdict sparked celebrations outside the courthouse and results in two arrests of local blacks. (By Matthew Pinsker)
Source Citation: 
"Effects of the Fugitive Slave Law," Ohio State Journal, October 22, 1850, p. 3.

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