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I originally heard the story from my father's first cousin. Christiana, Pennsylvania. 1851 She is deceased. We are in Michigan by way of MD, PA, and Ontario. Oral history, national news, Federal lawsuit pleadings, and several books.

My great-great grandfather is William Parker who is considered the leader of the Christiana Resistance, or Riot as it was called at the time. It concerns resistance to the enforcement of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 in the state of Pennsylvania and so it made national news at the time. Parker wrote an autobiographical narrative series that was published in Atlantic Monthly in 1866 which discusses his life and the event. Frederick Douglass also wrote about Parker and this situation in, "My Life and Times." The Queen of England issued a proclamation to William Parker and welcomed him to Canada. He settled with his wife and children in the Elgin Settlement, one of the most successful (former slave) settlements in Ontario which is another story in itself.

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