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1.  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

2.  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. 




3.  Reynold's Political Map of the United States.

Reynold's Political Map of the United States from 1850. 



1850

4.  Monksmound landscape. St. Clair County, Illinois.

Monksmound also known as Cahokia Mounds located in St. Clair County, Illinois. 



1906

5.  Receipt from bounty hunter, Bernard Lynch to Henry Shaw for tracking and return of escaped enslaved person, Sarah and her child, dated June 17th, 1854.

Receipt from bounty hunter, Bernard Lynch to Henry Shaw for tracking and return of escaped enslaved person, Sarah and her child, dated June 17th, 1854. 



1854

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