Beginning Date
Friday, September 1, 1854
Starting Point
Freedom Seekers Mentioned By Name
Elizabeth, Sophia, Lewis
Slaveholders Mentioned By Name
W.G. Pettus
Mid Points
End Point

At three o'clock on Friday afternoon, September 1, 1854, 32-year-old Elizabeth, 28-year-old Sophia, and Elizabeth's 11-year-old son Lewis escaped from slavery in St. Louis. Their enslaver, W.G. Pettus, suspected that they had "been seduced from my service by a thieving Abolitionist scoundrel." Pettus offered a $300 reward for the trio's recapture. 

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Notes on Sources

St. Louis (MO) Republican, September 19, 1854