The Edmonson sisters

 

edmonson2-2_zpsfsdychtrApril 15, 1848: Teenagers Mary and Emily Edmonson, four of their brothers, and seventy-one other slaves attempt to escape on the Pearl to Chesapeake Bay and freedom in New Jersey. Emily was thirteen and Mary was fifteen. After the escape was thwarted, the Edmonson sisters were purchased by an abolitionist group and freed from slavery. They campaigned with Henry Ward Beecher for an end to slavery.

http://www.womenhistoryblog.com/2016/01/edmonson-sisters.html

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