Fugitives flee from Rhode Island

From the Providence Mirror, the May 2, 1851 Liberator includes notice that  “a number of fugitive slaves left this city on Monday for Canada”.  The article cites one instance of “Mr. Booth” who had been in the city for many years, and earned a home of his own. “He is free, but his wife is a fugitive, and they have six children, all young.  She and the children have gone to Canada, but he remains in the city, at least for the moment….he will probably sacrifice much of his property, in order to join his family in Victoria’s dominions”.

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