Slave Escape / Controversial Judgment

Slave Escape / Controversial Judgment (HM2EEM)

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N 39° 5.05', W 84° 31.041'

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On a snowy night in January 1856,
seventeen slaves fled, at foot of
Main Street, across frozen Ohio
River. Margaret Garner was in this
group. When arrested in Ohio, she
killed little daughter rather than
see her returned to slavery. This
much publicized slave capture
became focus of national attention
because it involved the issues of
federal and state authority.

Decision regarding Margaret Garner
fueled fires of abolition. Fugitive
returned to master. Garner wished
to remain in Ohio, even at risk of
death for her crime. She was
returned to Ky., with master's
agreement to extradite her to Ohio.
But soon afterward Garner was sent
south and never heard from again.
Presented by City of Covington
Series This marker is part of the Kentucky: Kentucky Historical Society series
Year Placed1990
Placed ByKentucky Historical Society, Kentucky Department of Highways
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, February 18th, 2019 at 10:01pm PST -08:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 714736 N 4329050
Decimal Degrees39.08416667, -84.51735000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 5.05', W 84° 31.041'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 5' 3" N, 84° 31' 2.46" W
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