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Monday, November 21, 2022

George Latimer, a former enslaved man, who fled with his pregnant wife, was officially freed on this day. The pair hid in a steamship headed towards Boston but were spotted by a former employer of Latimer’s slave owner. A large group of abolitionists pressured the local sheriff to declare that he would no longer hold runaway slaves in his jail. Latimer’s lawyers purchased George’s freedom from his owner and the Latimer children were born into freedom.

Zinn Education Project’s resource page titled George Latimer Freed in Boston gives a quick overview of this event and points to related resources