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Near White Stone in Lancaster County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

69 Slaves Escape to Freedom

 
 
69 Slaves Escape to Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 5, 2016
1. 69 Slaves Escape to Freedom Marker
Inscription.  About 2,400 enslaved African Americans in Virginia escaped to the British during the War of 1812, encouraged in part by a proclamation issued on 2 Apr. 1814 offering them freedom and resettlement in “His Majesty’s Colonies.” Three enslaved men from Corotoman, a plantation two miles west of here, fled on 18 Apr. 1814. Several days later, they guided British barges back to carry off friends and relatives, including 46 children, the largest group of slaves to leave a Chesapeake Bay plantation during the war. Some settled in Nova Scotia or Trinidad. British reparations later compensated some owners for departed slaves, including, in 1828, those from Corotoman.
 
Erected 2016 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number J-109.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansWar of 1812. In addition, it is included in the Virginia Department of Historic Resources series list. A significant historical date for this entry is April 18, 1814.
 
Location. 37° 38.29′ N, 76° 24.534′ W. Marker is near White
69 Slaves Escape to Freedom Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 5, 2016
2. 69 Slaves Escape to Freedom Marker
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Stone, Virginia, in Lancaster County. Marker is on Mary Ball Road (Virginia Route 3) north of the Norris Bridge, on the left when traveling east. Route 3 is an east-west route, but at this point if you are eastbound on the route you are actually driving southwest. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: White Stone VA 22578, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The War of 1812 / Capture of the Dolphin (a few steps from this marker); Albert Terry Wright (approx. 0.6 miles away); A. T. Wright High School (approx. 0.7 miles away); Irvington World War I Memorial (approx. 1.7 miles away); Site of Robert Carter's Brick Kiln (approx. 3 miles away); Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc. (approx. 3 miles away); Virginia Founders, Revolutionary War Patriots and War of 1812 Veterans (approx. 3 miles away); Christ Church Lancaster (approx. 3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Stone.
 
This Marker and the Capture of the Dolphin Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, November 5, 2016
3. This Marker and the Capture of the Dolphin Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 6, 2016. It was originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 485 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.

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