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[IL] 1847 Matson Slave Trial

Could you help me out?

Last year, I went to Oakland, Illinois for a reenactment of the 1847 Slave Trial in which Abraham Lincoln was attorney for the slave owner Robert Matson who was trying to keep Anthony Bryant's family as slaves. Anthony was a free man, but is wife and children were slaves as the children had to take the status of their mother.

This year, I am one of the coordinators of the reenactment. My role is to recruit some people to reenact the Brushy Fork, Illinois community. Brushy Fork was a community of former slaves and free blacks who settled in southern Illinois. There is a cemetery near Brushy Fork that has about eighty graves. Many of their descendants have moved from the area. Most went to Kansas. I found four family trees posted on ancestry by descendants of one of the families. I sent messages to the persons that posted the trees.

I need volunteers who are willing to assist me in recreating the Brushy Fork Community during September 16, 17, 18, 2010. This will take place in Oakland, Illinois near Charleston, Illinois. Please contact me directly you are interested in volunteering.

There is a web site for those seeking more information. This will be a good time to learn more about Illinois history and Abraham Lincoln. Bring your students, members of your genealogy societies, and family members.

Ed Adams

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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