Abolitionist James W.C. Pennington


James W.C. Pennington (1808-1870) was born in slavery in Maryland and although he was trained as a carpenter and blacksmith he was not taught to read or write.  At the age of nineteen he escaped from slavery in an eight-day ordeal during which he was twice captured and twice escaped.

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National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

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