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The Trial Of Benjamin Benson

 
 
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Inscription. Benjamin Benson, a free African—American who lived in Deleware, was kidnapped and sold as a slave to John Thompson of Greensboro. In 1817 Benson filed a suit against Thompson in Guüford County Superior Court to reclaim his freedom. His case was supported by Vestal Coffin, George Swain and Enoch Macy, local Quakers who had learned of his situation. Thompson's response to the lawsuit was to send Benson to Georgia where he was sold to a new owner. When the judge learned of Thompson's action, he ordered Benson's immediate return. In 1820 Benson was declared a free man. It is believed that he was the first African-American in the United States to use the legal system to gain freedom. The support given him by the Quakers was part of their continuing opposition to the institution of slavery.
 
Location. 36° 4.3′ N, 79° 47.48′ W. Marker is in Greensboro, North Carolina, in Guilford County. Marker is on West February 1 Place east of South Greene Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greensboro NC 27401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Henry Frye (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Underground Railroad (about 300 feet away); Lunsford Richardson
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(about 300 feet away); Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement (about 300 feet away); O. Henry (about 300 feet away); Albion Tourgee (about 300 feet away); Pfc. Phill G. McDonald (about 300 feet away); Guilford County Vietnam Memorial (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greensboro.
 
Categories. Abolition & Underground RRAfrican Americans
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. This page has been viewed 294 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2016, by Michael C. Wilcox of Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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