Monday, January 26, 1857
Freedom Seekers Mentioned By Name
Slaveholders Mentioned By Name
On Monday morning, January 26, 1857, an enslaved man named Lewis escaped St. Louis via the Ohio & Mississippi railroad, riding the trains to Cairo, Illinois. His enslaver, Barney Lynch, offered a $200 reward for his return.
Runaway Arrest Ad
Notes on Sources
St. Louis Missouri Republican, February 1, 1857 (HMO); see also modern St. Louis Magazine profile, "Dishonorable Monuments," June 21, 2017 that describes how Bernard M. Lynch (or Barney) was a notorious slave trader in St. Louis.