Caution!! Colored people of Boston

Caution!! Colored people of Boston

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The fugitive slave law, part of the Compromise of 1850 (Document 8), required that law enforcement in the North help recover African Americans who had escaped from slavery. In response, citizens organized to warn African Americans that watchmen and policemen might be a danger to their freedom.

Source:  Library of Congress, http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.rbc/rbpe.06002200/.