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Wallace Turnage

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Wallace Turnage

Wallace Turnage (1846-1916) was an escaped slave who wrote a narrative that was published.


He was born in North Carolina, and was the son of a fifteen-year old slave and a white man.[1] He was sold multiple times and made repeated attempts to run away, and succeeded. He lived in New York and New Jersey, working as a waiter, janitor, glass blower and finally as a watchman.[2]

His manuscript was passed on to his daughter, Lydia Turnage Connolly (1885-1984). After her death, it was another 20 years before it was published.

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  1. ^ David W. Blight "A Slave's Audacious Bid for Freedom," American Heritage, Fall 2008.
  2. ^ "Wallace Turnage". Hstg. Retrieved 2007-12-06. 
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