Beginning Date
Thursday, July 4, 1850
Starting Point
Freedom Seekers Mentioned By Name
Moses Johnson
Slaveholders Mentioned By Name
Crawford E. Smith
Mid Points
End Point

An enslaved man named Moses Johnson escaped from slaveholder Crawford E. Smith in Lafayette county, Missouri on July 4, 1850. Johnson was recaptured by U.S. officers under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law nearly a year later, in Chicago, in early June 1851. He was released following a rendition hearing before U.S. Commissioner George W. Meeker.

Escape Attributes
Single Slaveholder
Court Hearing
Escape Numbers
Notes on Sources

Blackett, The Captive's Quest, 165