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Escaped slave Thomas Sims, one f the first victims of the Fugitive Slave Act...
Item # 675063
May 03, 1851
THE GREENSBOROUGH PATRIOT, Greensboro, North Carolina, May 3, 1851
* Thomas Sims - Negro
* Fugitive slave case
Page 3 has a brief report headed: "More Fugitive Slaves given Up" reporting that: "Three fugitives, a man, his wife and a child, were taken in Columbia, Penn...delivered...to their owners who live in Maryland. There was some excitement among the blacks, but no resistance. The brig Acorn, with the fugitive Sims, has arrived at Savannah."
These events were the result of the new Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.
Thomas Sims is a person of some note, several websites having much on him. He was among the first to fall victim to the Fugitive Slave Act, and became a cause celebre throughout the North, and abolitionists used the case to rally others to their cause.
Abolitionist J.W.C. Pennington, an escaped slave himself, wrote of the case: “Thomas Sims has been given over to his claimant and has been taken back into slavery. These cases are enough to break one’s heart. It is difficult to see how the enormous evil and crime of slavery can be carried to a greater extent. The whole land is full of blood.”
Four pages, nice condition.
Category: Pre-Civil War