In 1856 Margaret, along with her husband, their children and her husband's parents, fled enslavement. A posse located them in hiding in Cincinnati. Before they could be recaptured, Margaret killed her two-year-old daughter, Mary, and tried to kill her other three children as well, rather than have them returned to enslavement. A lengthy court battle ensued, but the group was returned to their slaveholders, and Margaret and the children were sold south.
Garner's story became the basis of the novel 'Beloved', by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison.
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Tennessee Landing (Issaquena County, Ms.)