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

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Record #74 from Abstracts from William Still's Underground Railroad

Traveler's Names Alexander Munson
Age 18
Description a well grown lad, quite smart and of a chestnut color
Alias Samuel Garrett
Origin- Town/City Chestertown
Origin- County Kent Co
Origin- State Maryland
Destination Canada
Slaveowner's Name
Chapter Title Sundry Arrivals--Latter part of December, 1855 and Beginning of January, 1856
Page Number 335-336
Other Travelers Joseph Cornish, Lewis Francis, Alexander Munson, Samuel and Ann Scott, Wm Henry Laminson, Henry and Eliza Washington, Henry Chambers, John Chambers, Samuel Fall, Thomas Anderson
Other Conductors
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Full Narrative ALEXANDER Muxsox, alias Samuel Garrett. This candidate for Canada was only eighteen years of age ; a well-grown lad, however, and had the one idea that " all men were born free " pretty deeply rooted in his mind. He was quite smart, and of a chestnut color. By the will of his original owner, the slaves were all entitled to their freedom, but it appeared, from Alexander's story, that the executor of the estate did not regard this freedom clause in the will. He had already sold some of the slaves, and others ? he among them ? were expecting to be sold before coming into possession of their freedom. Two of them had been sold to Alabama, therefore, with these evil warnings, young Alexander resolved to strike out at once for Canada, despite Maryland slave-holders. With this bold and manly spirit he succeeded, of course.

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