Jane Clark was born to enslaved parents in 1822 in Maryland. She was enslaved until 1856 when she was able to escape, eventually arriving in Auburn in 1859. She became a live-in domestic worker for the family of Charles G. Briggs, a cashier at the Auburn City National Bank. During Clark’s time with the Briggs family, a young local school teacher named Julia Ferris boarded at the Briggs house.

The two must have kept in touch, because more than thirty years later, in 1897, Ferris recorded Jane Clark’s story of escaping enslavement and presented it to the Cayuga County Historical Society. This is Ferris’ original, hand-written manuscript of Clark’s story which she presented on February 22, 1897.

Status: Available | $500
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