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500 Dollars Reward Proclamation, February 9, 1827

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Date: 9 Feb 1827 [unknown]
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United Statesmap
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Mayors Office, Feb. 9, 1827.

Whereas, information has been received, that in the year 1825, a number of free persons of colour, principally children, inhabitants of the city and county of Philadelphia, were forcibly seized by persons then unknown, and carried into slavery; and whereas public justice and the dignity of this city demand, that so signal an outrage on the rights of the inhabitants thereof, should not; remain unpunished. Now, in pursuance of authority vested in me, by the Select and Common Councils, I Joseph Watson, Mayor of said city, do hereby offer a reward of Five Hundred Dollars for the apprehension and prosecution to conviction of any person concerned in the forcible abduction of the free coloured persons from the city of Philadelphia, as above stated.

Joseph Watson, Mayor

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