Revisit: THE PEARL INCIDENT, 1848

The Pearl Incident in 1848 was the largest recorded escape attempt by enslaved people in United States history. On April 15, 1848, 77 slaves attempted to flee Washington, D.C., by sailing away on a schooner called The Pearl. They planned to sail south along the Potomac River and then north up the Chesapeake Bay, cross overland to the Delaware River, and then to the free state of New Jersey, a distance of nearly 225 miles. Continue reading Revisit: THE PEARL INCIDENT, 1848

Revisit: CHICOT COUNTY RACE WAR OF 1871

In late 1871, Chicot County, Arkansas, was taken over by several hundred African Americans led by state senator and county judge James W. Mason. The murder of an African American lawyer, Wathal G. Wynn, by three white men—John W. Saunders, Jasper Dugan, and Curtis Garrett—angered the black citizens of Chicot County, causing them to take the men from the county jail and kill them. The killings prompted many white residents to flee the county. Continue reading Revisit: CHICOT COUNTY RACE WAR OF 1871