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

69 Slaves Escape to Freedom

 
 
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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.)
 
Location. 37° 38.29′ N, 76° 24.534′ W. Marker is near White 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. Touch for map. Route 3 is an east-west route, but at this point if you are eastbound on the route you are actually driving southwest. Marker is in this post office area: White Stone VA 22578, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured
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
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); Christ Church Lancaster (approx. 3 miles away); Corotoman (approx. 3.1 miles away); Christ Church (approx. 3.1 miles away); Dr. Copter — Flying Medicine to Tangier (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Stone.
 
Categories. African AmericansWar of 1812
 
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. This page originally submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 212 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 6, 2016, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio.
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