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Arrest Site of William Chaplin

Jesup Blair Park, Georgia Avenue & Blair Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902 Get Directions 
Phone: 301-650-4373

Montgomery

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Jessup Blair Park
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Chaplin an abolitionist from Albany, NY, was involved in the failed escape of 77 people from Washington, D.C. Eluding imprisonment then, Chaplin was captured on August 8, 1850 during a shoot out with slave catchers on Georgia Avenue. Both freedom seekers he was transporting were wounded. Northern abolitionists raised his bond of $25,000. An outdoor exhibit describes these events.

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