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Anthony Burns

Prior to living in Boston, Anthony Burns was enslaved in Sufford County, Virginia by a merchant named Charles F. Suttle. Not much is known about Burns’s childhood but he is most known for being captured by slave catchers in Boston, Massachusetts. His case sparked controversy throughout the nation, as it was one of the first high profile fugitive slave cases after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850.

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