Beginning Date
Saturday, June 4, 1859
Starting Point
Freedom Seekers Mentioned By Name
Washington Anderson (age 21) // Jim (age 18) (Washington's brother) // Henry Scott (Washington's cousin, escaped in 1854) // Ned
Slaveholders Mentioned By Name
D.M. Frost
Mid Points
End Point

On Saturday night, June 4, 1859, three enslaved men, 21-year-old Washington, his 18-year-old brother Jim, and another enslaved man named Ned, escaped from St. Louis. Washington had escaped five years earlier from slaveholder D.M. Frost's father-in-law, Richard Graham, only to be arrested in Indiana for grand larceny and reclaimed by Frost. This time, Frost advertised $1,500 for the recapture of Washington and Jim. Frost took the additional step of hiring St. Louis policemen to track the freedom seekers to Chicago. There he managed to recapture Washington, Jim, and Henry Scott, who had fled with Washington originally back in 1854.  

Escape Attributes
Single Slaveholder
Single Group Escape
Runaway Arrest Ad
Escape Numbers
Notes on Sources

St. Louis (MO) Republican, June 12, 1859 (HMO); "The Late Recovery of Slaves in Chicago--Statement of their Owner," St. Louis (MO) Republican, August 6, 1859