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Jamestown in Chautauqua County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau

 
 
The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
1. The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau Marker
Inscription. The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau honors Silas Shearman 1803 - 1891, harness maker, abolitionist, conductor, acknowledged leader of the UGRR line through Jamestown, NY. Catherine Harris 1809 - 1907, free black woman, wife, mother, domestic servant, natural healer, ststion master. The anonymous fugitives who touched Jamestown in the pursuit of freedom along the Underground Railroad.

No person held to service or labor in one state...escaping into another, shall...be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due. United States Constitution, Art. IV, Sec. 2, 1787.
Sec. 4. ... any person who shall knowingly and willingly obstruct or hinder such claimant...in so seizing such fugitive from labor...shall...forfeit and pay the sum of five hundred dollars. Fugitive Slave Act, 1793.
Sec. 7. ...any person who shall knowingly and willingly...harbor or conceal such fugitive, so as to prevent discovery and arrest of such person...shall...be subject to a fine not exceeding one thousand dollars, and imprisonment not exceeding six months... Fugitive Slave Act. 1850.

$150 reward. Ranaway from the subscriber, on the night of Monday the 11th July, a negro man named TOM. About 30 years of age, five feet 6 or 7 inches high of dark color; heavy
U.S. Constitution & Fugitive Slave Act Excerpts image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
2. U.S. Constitution & Fugitive Slave Act Excerpts
in the chest; several of his jaw teeth out; and upon his body are several old marks of the whip, one of them straight down the back. He took with him a quantity of clothing, and several hats. A reward of $150 will be paid for his apprehension and security, if taken out of the state of Kentucky, $100 if taken in any county bordering in the Ohio River, $50 if taken in any interior counties except Fayette, or $20 if taken in the latter county. July 12. B.L. Boston
 
Location. 42° 5.803′ N, 79° 14.839′ W. Marker is in Jamestown, New York, in Chautauqua County. Marker is at the intersection of Clinton Street and West 4th Street, on the right when traveling north on Clinton Street. Touch for map. Tableau is on the west part of Baker Park. Marker is in this post office area: Jamestown NY 14701, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Baker Park (within shouting distance of this marker); First Burial Ground (within shouting distance of this marker); First Train (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Car Barns (approx. 0.2 miles away); West Third Street Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); James Prendergast (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robert H. Jackson (approx. mile away); Site of Gurney Ball Bearing Co. (approx. mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jamestown.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RR
 
Fugitive Slave Reward image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
3. Fugitive Slave Reward
Silas Shearman Figure image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
4. Silas Shearman Figure
Catherine Harris Figure image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
5. Catherine Harris Figure
Fugitive Slave Figure image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
6. Fugitive Slave Figure
The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
7. The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau
The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, May 22, 2016
8. The Jamestown Underground Railroad Tableau
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 25, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 172 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 25, 2016, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.
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