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Moncure Conway liberates his father's slaves

07/01/1862

After procuring land in Yellow Springs, Ohio from an acquaintance, Moncure Conway travels to Washington, D.C. to find his father's slaves and direct them to safety. His journey takes him first to Stafford County, Virginia, where he discovers the remainder of Walker Conway's servants. Gaining help from men like Charles Sumner and Salmon P. Chase, Conway leads the former slaves back through Washington and into Baltimore. From here, the group crosses the city on foot (avoiding various angry crowds along the way) and boards a train bound for Ohio. Conway later reports that thirty-one freedmen arrived safely in Yellow Springs. (By Blake Dickinson)

Source Citation: 

John d'Entremont, Southern Emancipator: Moncure Conway, The American Years 1832-1865 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1987), 167-171.

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