On Sunday night, August 14, 1853, four enslaved people escaped from the Henderson, Kentucky residence of slaveholder Jackson McClain. Weeks earlier, an enslaved woman had attempted to set fire to McClain's house, and now the other enslaved people he claimed were openly resisting through what local papers called a "stampede." Then on Monday night, August 15, reports circulated that "five or six more" enslaved people had escaped from McClain. This second group had reportedly been accumulating supplies for some time. Their ultimate fate remains unknown.
Sunday, August 14, 1853
Escape Numbers Comment
Estimated; two groups, first of 4 people, second of 5-6 individuals