Samuel Burris

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Samuel Burris

Samuel Burris

Burris was caught in 1847 while helping Maria Mathews, a slave escaping from Dover Hundred, a plantation near the state capitol, Dover. He was immediately imprisoned in Dover, and forced to await trial for 14 months. When he was tried, he was found guilty and sentenced to be sold into slavery for the standard period of time.

Born in Willow Grove, Kent County, Delaware in 1808, Burris was a free black man. He moved his family to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and in 1845 began to actively assist the Underground Railroad.

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Unknown to Burris at the time, the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society collected enough money to purchase his freedom. A member of the Society, Isaac A. Flint, attended the state auction in which Burris was to be sold.

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During and after the Civil War, Burris raised funds through black churches in Northern California to assist African Americans affected by the conflict. The funds were often used to feed and shelter former slaves recently freed.

Burris worked closely with William Still (a well-known abolitionist and conductor on the Railroad) and Thomas Garrett in this dangerous endeavor.

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