Prince George’s slaves running toward Washington

Slavery is practically abolished in Prince George’s county in Maryland. The slaves, (says a correspondent) are running away in large numbers: there is scarcely a plantation but has suffered. Companies of from five to fifty can be seen daily wending their way towards Washington, and wandering over Maryland seeking employment where they can paid for their work. Their owners say it is becoming useless to go after them when they leave, as they will not remain when brought back, but refuse to work, and on the first opportunity showing itself are off again.

(Liberator, May 2, 1862, pg 3)