Daniel Hawkins: Freedom Seeker

As an enslaved man, Daniel Hawkins sought freedom.  He escaped slavery on June 19, 1850 and was successful in reaching freedom in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  To Hawkins, the landscape was his ally and state borders served as his protection from the oppression of slavery.  However, almost three months exactly after his escape, the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 was passed and the safety that Hawkins had achieved behind state lines dissolved.  This map, available in the link above, explores Hawkins’ journey from slavery to freedom and seeks to track Hawkins experiences after recapture.