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Birth Year : 1833
Death Year : 1856
Margaret Garner was a runaway slave who was later recaptured and died in a shipwreck on the way back to Kentucky. She had killed one of her children rather than have the child returned to slavery. Toni Morrison's novel, Beloved, is based on Margaret Garner. For more see "Horrible Affair," Louisville Daily Courier, 01/30/1856; and Modern Medea, by S. Weisenburger.
See depiction of Margaret Garner and additional information at National Underground Railroad, Freedom Center website.
Geographic Region: Kentucky