Runaway slaves were a constant problem in maintaining a workforce of unfree laborers. Slaves ran away because of mistreatment, out of a desire for freedom, or often simply to be reunited with husbands, wives, children or other family. The newspapers of the antebellum period were filled with advertisements seeking to return these runaways to their masters. This detailed description of a determined and resourceful young woman who had been carried out of state to Georgia by her master appeared in the Charleston papers on May 4, 1827.
Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.