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Thomas Smallwood’s ‘underground railroad’ freed hundreds in Maryland, D.C.

October 10, 2023

With the slavery debate raging, Thomas Smallwood, a free Black shoemaker living in the 19th-century borderlands between the North and South, had a mission: free as many enslaved people as possible and rub their former enslavers’ faces in his success. In an 1842 dispatch to a New York newspaper, he noted that a slaveholder’s “walking property walked off.”

 

Article Source: The Baltimore Banner

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