Tuesday, December 30

Great Dismal Swamp maroons

Slave Hunt, Dismal Swamp, Virginia by Thomas Moran, 1862
Wikipedia - "The Great Dismal Swamp maroons were freed and escaped slaves who inhabited the marshlands of the Great Dismal Swamp in Virginia and North Carolina. Although conditions were harsh, research suggests that thousands lived there between about 1700 and the 1860s. Harriett Beecher Stowe told the maroon people's story in her 1856 novel Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp. The most significant research on the settlements began in 2002 with a project by Dan Sayers of American University." (flapjax at midnite)
NY Times: Life in the Swamp
Slaves of the Great Dismal Swamp
NPR: Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom (Video)

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