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Boston Committee of Vigilance

The Boston Committee of Vigilance was founded in 1846 following the capture of a fugitive from New Orleans. The committee raised money to provide shelter, medical care and food for runaways. Outrage over the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 breathed new life into the organization, making it one of the most active abolitionist groups in the country. The committee was involved in several high profile rescue attempts, including the rescues of Shadrach Minkins and Anthony Burns.

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