1856--The Margaret Garner Story



1856--The Margaret Garner Story


Jan 1856

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Margaret Garner, Robert Garner, 4 children, and his parents, Simon and Mary and 11 Other slaves were reported to have escaped. Margaret Garner was a Freedom Seeker whose recapture became a national news story. In January 1856, 17 slaves from Boone and Kenton counties crossed the Ohio River. Included were Robert and Margaret Garner and their children, who were owned by the Gaines family of Richwood Road (now Maplewood Farm).


African American(s): Margaret Garner; Mary [1] Garner; Mary [2] Garner; Priscilla Garner; Robert Garner; Samuel Garner; Simon Garner Sr.; Thomas Garner
Slave holder(s): Archibald K. Gaines
Other participants(s): Marshall, James W.


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Garner, Margaret Participant in Person
Garner, Mary [1] Participant in Person
Garner, Priscilla Participant in Person
Garner, Thomas Participant in Person
Garner, Mary [2] Participant in Person
Garner, Simon, Sr. Participant in Person
Garner, Robert Participant in Person
Gaines, Archibald K. Participant in Person
Marshall, James W. Participant in Person
Garner, Samuel Participant in Person