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The Pearl: A Failed Slave Escape on the Potomac

Josephine F. Pacheco


In the spring of 1848, seventy-six slaves from the nation's capital hid aboard a schooner called the Pearl in an attempt to sail down the Potomac River and up the Chesapeake Bay to freedom in Pennsylvania. When inclement weather forced them to anchor for the night, the fugitive slaves and the ship's crew were captured and returned to Washington. Many of the slaves were sold to the Lower South, and two men sailing the Pearl were tried and sentenced to prison. Recounting this harrowing tale from the preparations for escape through the participants' trial, the author of this book provides fresh i ... More

Keywords: slaves, slave trade, Congressional debates, slavery, Millard Fillmore, Potomac River, Pennsylvania, Washington, fugitive slaves, District of Columbia

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780807829189
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014 DOI:10.5149/9780807888926_pacheco


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Josephine F. Pacheco, author