A Cute-Trick of Runaway Negroes

September 1, 1843

About twenty slaves, in Maryland, intended to go to Canada.  They met in Baltimore County, got as far as Havre de Grace, where two of their number attempted to cross. The gate-keeper refused them.  “…they built a coffin of rough boards, put it on a bier and placed one of their number in it.  Then, in a solemn funeral procession, they marched up to the bridge, and asked the privilege of crossing to bury their friend on the other side.  The ruse took…they took to the woods again, and resurrected their dead companion…”.

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