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Runaway notice for Harriet Jacobs
1835

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Runaway notice for Harriet Jacobs

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After seven years of sexual harrassment by Dr. Norcom, Harriet Jacobs had had enough. In 1835 she escaped from Norcom, although she would remain in her hometown, hidden, for another seven years before fleeing to the North.

In this runaway notice, Norcom ironically states that "this girl absconded from the plantation of my son without any known cause or provocation."




Image Credit: Copy from the American Beacon, July 4th 1835, Courtesy of the North Carolina Division of Archives and History




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