The Trial Of Benjamin Benson Historical

The Trial Of Benjamin Benson Historical (HM1VIR)

Location: Greensboro, NC 27401 Guilford County
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Country: United States of America
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N 36° 4.3', W 79° 47.48'

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Benjamin Benson, a free African—American who lived in Deleware, was kidnapped and sold as a slave to John Thompson of Greensboro. In 1817 Benson filed a suit against Thompson in Guüford County Superior Court to reclaim his freedom. His case was supported by Vestal Coffin, George Swain and Enoch Macy, local Quakers who had learned of his situation. Thompson's response to the lawsuit was to send Benson to Georgia where he was sold to a new owner. When the judge learned of Thompson's action, he ordered Benson's immediate return. In 1820 Benson was declared a free man. It is believed that he was the first African-American in the United States to use the legal system to gain freedom. The support given him by the Quakers was part of their continuing opposition to the institution of slavery.
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 608838 N 3992573
Decimal Degrees36.07166667, -79.79133333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 4.3', W 79° 47.48'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 4' 18" N, 79° 47' 28.8" W
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Area Code(s)336, 910
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 W February 1 Pl, Greensboro NC 27401, US
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