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Reward Broadside
Reward Broadside
Resource Typeimage
TitleReward Broadside
Coverage / Year1850 to 1857
DescriptionThis notice states: "100 DOLLAR REWARD. Rannaway from the subscriber, on Monday, June 15, a negro woman, NELLY FORREST. She is about 45 years old, chunky built, large pouting mouth, good teeth, high cheekbones, walks pigeon-toed. She is slow in giving a direct answer when questioned; her manner of speaking is rather grum. She has a free husband living on Capitol Hill, Washington City, near Sims' old rope walk, named Henson Forrest. I will give the above reward no matter where taken, so I get her again. F. M. Bowie, Long Old Fields, Prince George's County, Md., July 6, 1857." This broadside is on display in the Chicago Historical Society exhibit, "A House Divided."
InterpretationReward broadsides identify some of the untold numbers of slaves who escaped from bondage, either individually or in small groups. Fugitive slaves fled to the North or to Southern cities, where they found refuge among the free African-Americans. Slave owners offered rewards for the return of their property, advertising on broadsides and in newspapers. Under the terms of the Fugitive Slave Law (1850), any white man could legally seize a runaway slave and return him or her for a reward. (Copy from the Chicago Historical Society.)The CHS Web site is at: A marriage between slaves was not legally binding. Slaves would go to considerable effort to visit family members who lived on other plantations or farms. They were unable to travel without the permission of their owners. Sometimes free Blacks were able to raise enough money to buy other family members.
Lesson Plans / ThemesAntebellum Society and the Civil War; The Underground Railroad
Learning Standards15 Economics; 16 History; 17 Geography; 18 Social systems
Author or CreatorIllinois Heritage Association; Chicago Historical Society
SourceChicago Historical Society collection
Subject / KeywordsSlavery; Fugitive slaves; Civil War
Collection PublisherIllinois Heritage Association
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See for more information about this project.
Rights Management Statement
Resource IdentifierIHA00149
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