"The Jerry Rescue" 373


"The Jerry Rescue" Presented by John M. Rudy, National Parks Service Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, October 1, 2011

160 years ago on October 1,2011 a captured fugitive slave named Jerry was freed by a mob of Syracuse citizens. For seven years after that date Central New York abolitionists celebrated the Jerry Rescue with an event that commemorated its importance. In 1859 Gerrit Smith responded to the request of the Jerry Rescue Committee for him to speak with a refusal because people had not maintained the high level of commitment to abolition that the Jerry Rescue had demonstrated.
filmed by PAC99, Oneida, NY 

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