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Bibb, Henry Walton

(born: May 10, 1815  -  died: August 1, 1854) 

Henry Walton Bibb was born a enslave in Shelby County, KY. He was the son of Mildred Jackson, a slave, and James Bibb, a white politician. Henry Bibb taught himself to read and write. He had many failed escape attempts, which eventually led to his being sold. Bibb was last owned by Native Americans before he escaped to Detroit, Michigan. He became an abolitionist lecturer and later moved to Windsor, Ontario, Canada, where he edited the Voice of the Fugitive newspaper. He also organized the Refugee Home Society for runaway slaves. For more see Narrative of the life and adventures of Henry Bibb, an American slave, by H. Bibb [available online at the Documenting the American South website]; Henry W. Bibb in The Kentucky Encyclopedia; and "Death of Henry Bibb," New York Daily Times, 08/19/1854, p. 3.

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NKAA Source: Voice of the fugitive (newspaper)
NKAA Source: The Kentucky encyclopedia (online full text)
NKAA Source: New York daily times (newspaper)

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