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

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Record #67 from Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

Traveler's Names Emory Roberts
Alias William Kemp
Origin- Town/City
Origin- County Talbot Co.
Origin- State Maryland
Destination Canada
Slaveowner's Name Edward Lloyd
Chapter Title Sundry Arrivals about the 1st of June, 1855
Page Number 306
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Full Narrative EMORY arrived safely from Talbot county. As a slave, he had served Edward Lloyd. He gave his master the character of treating his slaves Avith great severity. The " lash " was freely used " on women as well as men, old and young." In this kind of property Lloyd had invested to the extent of " about five hundred head," so Emory thought. Food and clothing for this large number were dealt out very stintedly, and daily suffering was the common lot of slaves under Lloyd. EMORY was induced to leave, to avoid a terrible flogging, which had been promised him for the coming Monday. He was a married man, but exercised no greater control over his wife than over himself. She was hired on a neighboring plantation; the way did not seem open for her to accompany him, so he had to leave her behind. His mother, brothers, and sisters had to be left also. The ties of kindred usually strong in the breasts of slaves, were hard for Emory to break, but, by a firm resolution, that he would not stay on Lloyd's plantation to endure the impending flogging, he was nerved to surmount every obstacle in the way of carrying his intention into execution. He came to the Committee hungry and in want of clothing, and was aided in the usual way.

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