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“...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives”

 
 
"...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" Marker Text image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2017
1. "...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" Marker Text
Inscription.

Nobody with dark skin could live without fear of the kidnappers who operated under a virtual man-hunter's license provided by the Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. For free Philadelphians of African descent, fear always stalked the streets as man-stealers seized possible fugitives as well as free people of color, hustling them southward to enslavement.
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 57.021′ N, 75° 9.002′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and South Independence Mall West (6th Street), on the right when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: President's House Site N of Liberty Bell Pavilion, Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Freedom might be too great a temptation" (here, next to this marker); History Lost & Found (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named History Lost & Found (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named History Lost & Found (a few steps from this marker); Life Under Slavery

"...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2017
2. "...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" Marker
(a few steps from this marker); Awarding a Peace Medal (a few steps from this marker); Washington's Death and a Renewed Hope for Freedom (a few steps from this marker); Strengthening Ties with the United States (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
 
More about this marker. The marker is highly reflective and difficult to photograph straight on.
 
Also see . . .
1. Fugitive Slave Act of 1793. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Question of Slavery. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Fugitive Slaves, Fugitives from Labor. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. A defence for fugitive slaves, against the acts of Congress, February 12, 1793.. (Submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican AmericansDisastersPolitics
 
"...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 23, 2017
3. "...is hereby empowered to sieze such Fugitives" Marker
Marker at left, on freestanding wall between the President's House partial reconstruction and the Liberty Bell Center.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 1, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 86 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 1, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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