Monday, August 1, 1842
Freedom Seekers Mentioned By Name
UGRR Operatives Mentioned By Name
Berryman Barnett // Richard Eels
An enslaved man named Charlie escaped from Monticello, Missouri in August 1842, swimming to Quincy and finding refuge with a free African American, Berryman Barnett. While being escorted by Dr. Richard Eels. Charlie was recaptured, and Eels was later convicted in April 1843 and fined $400, though the case also prompted a lengthy legal dispute between Missouri and Illinois state authorities that ultimately wound its way to the Supreme Court.
Notes on Sources
Dexter, Bondage in Egypt, 268-271