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21.  Receipt from bounty hunter Benard Lynch for $100 to Henry Shaw itemizing costs incurred capturing enslaved person, Esther in Illinois and returning her to Saint Louis. Dated May 21st, 1855.

Receipt from bounty hunter Benard Lynch for $100 to Henry Shaw itemizing costs incurred capturing enslaved person, Esther in Illinois and returning her to Saint Louis. Dated May 21st, 1855. 



1855

22.  1853 tax statement (personal property tax) to the City of Saint Louis from Henry Shaw stating his ownership of 11 enslaved persons.

1853 tax statement (personal property tax) to the City of Saint Louis from Henry Shaw stating his ownership of 11 enslaved persons. 



1853

23.  1854 tax statement (personal property tax) to the City of Saint Louis from Henry Shaw stating his ownership of ten enslaved persons.

1854 tax statement (personal property tax) to the City of Saint Louis from Henry Shaw stating his ownership of ten enslaved persons. 



1854

24.  1855 tax statement (personal property tax) to the City of Saint Louis from Henry Shaw stating his ownership of four enslaved persons.

1855 tax statement (personal property tax) to the City of Saint Louis from Henry Shaw stating his ownership of four enslaved persons. 



1855

25.  United States Census record for 1850 showing Henry Shaw's ownership of nine enslaved people.

United States Census record for 1850 showing Henry Shaw's ownership of nine enslaved people. 



1850

26.  United States Census record for 1860 showing Henry Shaw's ownership of eight enslaved people.

United States Census record for 1860 showing Henry Shaw's ownership of eight enslaved people. 



1860

27.  Mary Meachum. (1801-1869)

Mary Meachum, wife of John Berry Meachum. She and her husband were both freed persons engaged in the efforts of the Underground Railroad through their church, home, and school. On the early morning of May, 21st of 1855 nine enslaved persons including four owned by Henry Shaw; Esther, her two children, and one unnamed male made their break for freedom utilizing the Underground Railroad with the assistance of Mary Meachum. They attempted crossing the Mississippi River to the free state of Illinois. Unfortunately bounty hunters awaited them and they were soon captured and Mary Meachum would be jailed for the attempt. The location of this historic event on the banks of Mississippi River north of downtown St. Louis is today memorialized as the Mary Meachum Freedom Crossing. 




28.  Testimonial to Henry Shaw by the Merchant's Exchange of St. Louis.

Testimonial to Henry Shaw by the Merchant's Exchange of St. Louis. 



1878

29.  Henry Shaw Medal. Cast in 1933.

1 7x5 in. black and white print. 



1933

30.  Henry Shaw Memorabilia. Medicine chest.

Henry Shaw Memorabilia. Medicine chest. 




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