An Abolitionist’s Refusal

7/19/1855

Abolitionists William Still and Passmore Williamson rescued the Johnson family enslaved to the U.S. Ambassador to Nicaragua. Served with a writ of habeas corpus that required him to produce the Johnson family, Williamson refused and was jailed. The case became both an international and a national cause célèbre of the abolitionist movement.

National Archives - Mid Atlantic Region (Philadelphia), Records of District Courts of the United States


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