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The negro arrested in Salem, charged with aiding in the rescue of Shadrich, and immediately set at liberty, being the wrong man, has commenced a suite against District Attorney Lunt for 'false and malicious prosecution' laying his damages at $10,000. The Commonwealth states that several persons, in behalf of Shadrich, now in Canada, have entered suits against Deputy Marshal Riley and U.S. Commissioner Geo. T. Curtis for assault and battery and false imprisonment! - damages laid at $10,000. Writs have also been issued against several city Constables, by the same parties, and on similar charges.

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Shadrich (Shadrach), a waiter at the Cornhill Coffee House in Boston, Massachusetts, was arrested as a fugitive slave. He was held under guard in the court room because Massachusetts law forbade the confinement of fugitive slaves in any jail. A large mob of African Americans burst into the room and freed him. One man was arrested in Salem and charged with helping with the rescue. According to the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law helping a fugitive slave was punishable with six month term in prison and a $1,000 fine. Even though this man was immediately freed, he sued the District Attorney for "false and malicious prosecution." The Gazette & Courier was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from July 20, 1841 until June 24, 1932. Before 1841 the newspaper's name changed quite frequently, with Gazette a frequent part of the title.

 

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Article about wrongful arrest suits by rescuers of Shadrich from Gazette and Courier newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Courier
date   Mar 3, 1851
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   2.5"
width   3.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.107


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"Arrest of a Fugitive Slave in Boston" article from Gazette and Courier newspaper

"Slave Case in Connecticut" article from the Gazette and Mercury newspaper

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