Detail from the gravestone of Mrs. Della Hines Barnes, wife of David “Dave” Barnes, Rountree-Vick Cemetery, Wilson, North Carolina. Born in 1858, in neighboring Edgecombe County, North Carolina, she was the daughter of Joshua and Pattie Hines.1 Her gravestone features the figure of an angel, pointing up, bearing a palm frond. Angels (seraphim) are symbols of divine intervention, or guardianship, while figures pointing upwards symbolize that the soul has risen to heaven. Palm fronds on gravestones are symbolic of resurrection.♥
The escape of Harry, carpenter (1849)
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On October 5, 1849, Guilford Horn, a slave owner in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, placed an ad in the Wilmington Journal for his fugitive slave, Harry, a carpenter.
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