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James LISBON, Ottawa, IL

I came across an article in the "Chicago Press and Tribune" dated 15 Sept 1859 about "A Colored Citizen of Ottawa, Ill" , James LISBON,a free person who was on his way "to Pike's Peak" [CO] and was arrested by a sheriff of Buchanan Co., MO (at St.Joseph, MO.)

James LISBON was "tied up, whipped and forced to say he was a slave." Lisbon employed an attorney to send to Ottawa [IL] for proof of his free status but the lawyer "pocketed the fee." After being confined in the St. Joseph, MO jail for four months, James Lisbon was sold to a trader going South for $1044.
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Note: Lisbon was confined in the same jail as the Kansas abolitionist, Dr. John Doy. Doy wrote a book about his experiences in a book published in 1860.

Hope this information will be helpful to someone.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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