In early February 1857, the frozen Ohio river provided a natural conduit to freedom for many enslaved Kentuckians. A family of six escaped from Covington, Kentucky during the first week of February, though a Cincinnati journalist noted that "numerous other stampedes have taken place along the line of the river."
Sunday, February 1, 1857
Escape Numbers Comment
General estimate; papers reported the escape of a family of six from Covington, alongside "numerous other stampedes"