On October 26, 1855, Harriet Shephard fled enslavement in Columbia, Maryland, with a group that included her five children, her aunt and un

These documents and resources relate to instances in which men who claimed ownership over enslaved people pursued them as they traveled northward.

Otho (or Otto) Taylor fled enslavement in Clear Spring, Maryland on March 23, 1856.

These documents detail payments made to and by the Vigilance Committee of Philadelphia as recorded by William Still.

Frank Wanzer fled enslavement on December 24, 1855 along with his fiancée, Emily Foster, his fiancée's sister, Mary Elizabeth Grigsby, her