Marking Jane Johnson’s Freedom
You may remember the conversation we had here at The Sixth Square last summer, the one about Jane Johnson, the woman who escaped slavery while passing through Philadelphia in summer of 1855.
Through that effort, a group resolved to support the submission of a proposal for a historical marker to the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. That submission is due in January.
We think it’s a worthy cause, designating the place at the foot of Walnut Street, near the very spot where Johnson deeclared her own freedom.
So we’re calling on you, Jane Johnson’s community of interest, to help us draft the text for Jane Johnson’s marker in 40 words or so. To get things started, we gave it a go in this first draft:
On July 18th, 1855, while traveling through Philadelphia with her master and two children, Jane Johnson declared her freedom. Aided by William Still and others, Johnson escaped from the deck the Camden ferry and challenged the Fugitive Slave Law.
What do you think?