By Jeffrey S. Copeland
One time he led nineteen slaves to freedom via 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) faux to be the deceased—and the opposite eighteen marched in a funeral procession all through the center of city in simple sight. The townspeople stepped apart, out of appreciate for the “deceased,” and watched him take them all around the river to their freedom! all over again he pretended to be a fowl 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 bought a few of the best electorate of that city to take a position in his undertaking and, whilst the boats have been complete, he selected a moonless evening to get the entire slaves to the boats—and had them row to freedom.
Fairfield was once noticeable by way of a few as a scoundrel, a con guy, and a legal. Others observed him as a truly non secular guy who believed with all his center that the evils of slavery had to be wiped out—and he was once keen to visit extremes to do this. Fairfield wasn’t as violent as, say, John Brown, yet he nonetheless received the activity 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