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Charles Parker (b. 1810 - d. ?)
MSA SC 5496-10591
Fled from slavery, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, 1839


In 1839, Charles Parker fled with his younger brother, William, from Nearo Plantation and their owner, David M. Brogden in Anne Arundel County.  They reached Pennsylvania and set up a new life for themselves at Christiana, a small rural community of other fugitves, free blacks, and some whites. On September 11, 1851, when Maryland slaveowners came to this Pennsylvania hamlet searching for their fugitives, William Parker led a deadly resistance effort.

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