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1.  Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person Sarah and her infant child by Henry Shaw in 1850.

Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person Sarah and her infant child by Henry Shaw in 1850. See PHO2020-0039. 



1850

2.  Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person Sarah and her infant child by Henry Shaw in 1850. Back of record.

Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person Sarah and her infant child by Henry Shaw in 1850. Back of record. See PHO2020-0039. 



1850

3.  Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person, Jim, by Henry Shaw in 1852.

Bill of sale for purchase of enslaved person, Jim, by Henry Shaw in 1852. See PHO2020-0041. 



1852

4.  The Missouri Republican from June 11, 1854 which contains the $400 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw for the return for escaped slave Sarah and her young son.

Page from the Missouri Republican dated June 11, 1854 which contains the $400 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw for the return for escaped slave Sarah and her young son. 



1854

5.  The $400 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw that appeared in the Missouri Republican on June 11, 1854 for the return for escaped slave Sarah and her young son.

The $400 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw that appeared in the Missouri Republican on June 11, 1854 for the return for escaped slave Sarah and her young son. See Image 0139 for full page. 



1854

6.  The Missouri Republican from May 25, 1855 which contains the $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw for the return for escaped slave Jim.

The Missouri Republican from May 25, 1855 iwhich contains the $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw for the return for escaped slave Jim. Ad states that Jim escaped from Shaw's country estate Tower Grove. 



1855

7.  The $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw that appeared in the Missouri Republican on May 25, 1855 for the return for escaped slave Jim. See Image 0141 for full page.

The $300 reward ad placed by Henry Shaw that appeared in the Missouri Republican on May 25, 1855 for the return for escaped slave Jim. Ad states that Jim escaped from Shaw's country estate Tower Grove. See Image 0141 for full page. 



1855

8.  Receipt from bounty hunter, Bernard Lynch to Henry Shaw itemizing costs incurred boarding captive enslaved persons, Sarah and Esther. Costs incurred arresting Esther and her subsequent sale to John D. Fondren of Vicksburg for $350. Dated July, 1855.

Receipt from bounty hunter, Bernard Lynch to Henry Shaw itemizing costs incurred boarding captive enslaved persons, Sarah and Esther. Costs incurred arresting Esther and her subsequent sale to John D. Fondren of Vicksburg for $350. Dated July 30th, 1855. Back of record. See PHO2020-043. 



1855

9.  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

10.  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. 




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