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Colored & white canal hands fight, 1853

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A Fatal Affray at Williamsport.

There are at present a large number of boats lying near Williamsport, being detained in consequence of a leak in the Canal. On Saturday evening last, as we understand, a fight occurred between some of the hands employed on these boats, in which knives were freely used, which resulted in the death of a colored man who was stabbed by a white man, the latter making his escape before he could be arrested. Another colored man was also severely stabbed.


Herald of Freedom & Torch Light


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Slaves, Western Maryland

Western Maryland, 1800-1864

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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