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Newport in Perry County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue

 
 
Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 11, 2015
1. Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue Marker
Inscription. In July 1841, three Md. slaves, Alick, Tom, and Ben, were pursued to Newport by bounty hunters. While Ben drowned as he attempted to cross the Juniata River, the other two were captured. Several Newport citizens aided the fugitivesí escape, and in 1842 six of them were fined in a federal court for their actions. The event is an example of growing tensions between the North and the South prior to the Civil War that led to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Act.
 
Erected 2015 by Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission.
 
Location. 40° 28.598′ N, 77° 7.963′ W. Marker is in Newport, Pennsylvania, in Perry County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street (PA 34) and South 4th Street on Market Street (PA 34). Touch for map. The marker is near the Lutheran Church. Marker is in this post office area: Newport PA 17074, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Paulís Lutheran Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Newport Heritage Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Carson Long Military Institute (approx. 4.8 miles away); Carson Long Institute (approx.
Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue Marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 11, 2015
2. Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue Marker
4.8 miles away); Donald Campbell Willard (approx. 4.8 miles away); Perry County (approx. 4.8 miles away); New Bloomfield World War I Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away); Perry County Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Newport.
 
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Lutheran Church-front view image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 11, 2015
3. Lutheran Church-front view
Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue-reverse side of marker image. Click for full size.
By Don Morfe, October 11, 2015
4. Newport Fugitive Slave Rescue-reverse side of marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 19, 2015, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Md 21234. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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