This Day in Black History: Oct. 1, 1851

This Day in Black History: Oct. 1, 1851

Learn about the moments that made history.

Published October 1, 2011

Thousands of abolitionists broke into a Syracuse, New York, courtroom to free William "Jerry" Henry, a fugitive slave arrested under the Fugitive Slave Law, on Oct. 1, 1851. Henry’s supporters helped him escape to Canada by way of the Underground Railroad.

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Written by Britt Middleton

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