Anthony Burns

Anthony Burns (HM1QTN)

Location: Falmouth, VA 22405 Stafford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 19.279', W 77° 28.084'

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(1834 ~ 1862)

Anthony Burns was born into slavery in Stafford County. In 1854 Burns escaped from Richmond, where he had been hired out, to Boston. His owner demanded his return under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Burns' arrest on 24 May 1854 inspired abolitionists to attempt his rescue. They were unsuccessful, and a judge ruled that Burns must be sent back to his owner. The episode increased antislavery sentiment across the North. Activists, including African American Bostonians, freed Burns through purchase in 1855, after which he attended Oberlin College. He became a minister and died in Canada West (later Ontario) in 1862.
Marker NumberE 133
Year Placed2016
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, February 26th, 2016 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 284243 N 4244349
Decimal Degrees38.32131667, -77.46806667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 19.279', W 77° 28.084'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 19' 16.74" N, 77° 28' 5.04" W
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Area Code(s)540
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 300-390 Co Rd 607, Falmouth VA 22405, US
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