Escape from the Indian Nations

James P. Morgans is one of the few persons who have documented slave escapes from the Indian nations or Oklahoma in his book, The Underground Railroad on the Western Frontier. He relates that Mexico was an alternate destination for Freedom Seekers. In 1857, Mexico passed a law making any slave from the U.S. a free person once they entered Mexico. Felix Haywood, former slave, reported in the Federal Writers Project that he learned Mexico was free territory and many Freedom Seekers found refuge and acceptance there. He said Mexicans did not care about the color of a person’s skin. Mr. Haywood claimed many escaped slaves brought up children in Mexico and they all spoke “Mexican.”

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