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Slaves Liberated from VA to PA, 1857

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Col. THOMAS HITE, aided by other philanthropic disposed citizens of Jefferson county, Va., set free eighty of their slaves on Thursday last. The Col., as the agent of the owners, accompanied the negroes to Middleburg, Pa., when handing each individual $40 in money and equipping them all with sufficient clothing, they were set at liberty, and allowed to go wherever they please. – Mail

We venture the opinion that a large majority of these negroes will sing ‘oh! carry me back to old Virginia,’ and heartily wish themselves at their old homes before they are in Pennsylvania three months, and also that the $40 with which they started from the Maryland line was more money that they will ever have again at any one time. But as our Pennsylvania neighbors are so very desirous of augmenting their colored population, and freeing the slave from his fetters, they ought to extend a hearty welcome to these liberated bondsmen!


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Washington County Free Library

Slaves and Free Blacks, Western Maryland

Western Maryland, 1800-1864

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

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