By Jeffrey S. Copeland
One time he led nineteen slaves to freedom by means of pretending to be an undertaker taking the physique of a slave around the Ohio River to a slave cemetery at the different facet. He had one slave (in an open coffin) fake to be the deceased—and the opposite eighteen marched in a funeral procession throughout the center of city in simple sight. The townspeople stepped apart, out of admire for the “deceased,” and watched him take them all around the river to their freedom! yet again he pretended to be a bird broker, gaining the dignity of all in a city, after which stole their slaves. nonetheless once more he handed himself off as a businessman who had to construct boats to take salt to the South for a truly ecocnomic enterprise. He received some of the major voters of that city to speculate in his undertaking and, whilst the boats have been accomplished, he selected a moonless evening to get the entire slaves to the boats—and had them row to freedom.
Fairfield used to be obvious by means of a few as a scoundrel, a con guy, and a felony. Others observed him as a really non secular guy who believed with all his middle that the evils of slavery had to be wiped out—and he used to be prepared to visit extremes to do this. Fairfield wasn’t as violent as, say, John Brown, yet he nonetheless received the task done.
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Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire by Jeffrey S. Copeland