Feb. 28: Thousands of Southern Blacks Fled Persecution On This Date in 1879

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By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Granger

Thousands of Southern Blacks fled political and economic persecution during the Exodus of 1879 which started on February 28, 1879.

This large-scale migration took place over a long period of time. One of the most influential individuals in the Exodus movement was Benjamin “Pap” Singleton, a former slave who became a free man.

Around 6,000 African-Americans moved away during the migration, largely from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Many had heard tales of free travel accommodations, which would have been provided all the way to Kansas.

However, migrants were devastated to realize that such an amenity did not exist.

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