Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #57 from Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

Traveler's Names James Henson
Age 28
Alias David Campbell
Origin- Town/City
Origin- County Cecil Co
Origin- State Maryland
Slaveowner's Name
Chapter Title Sundry Arrivals, About August 1st
Page Number 291
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Full Narrative ARRIVAL No. 7. James Henson, alias David Caldwcll. James fled from Cecil Co., Md. He claimed that he was entitled to his freedom according to law at the age of twenty-eight, but had been unjustly deprived of it. Having waited in vain for his free papers for four years, he suspected that he was to be dealt with in a manner similar to many others, who had been willed free or who had bought their time, and had been shamefully cheated out of their freedom. So in his judgment he felt that his only hope lay in making his escape on the Underground Kail Road. He had no faith whatever in the man who held him in bondage, Jacob Johnson, but no other charges of ill treatment,

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