Runaway Virginia slave’s story remembered in wanted posters

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Posted: January 26, 2013

These wanted posters for runaway slave James Lee were printed by his Fairfax County owner Joseph Bruin. The top poster, printed in 1855, offered a $100 reward. The bottom handbill, printed in 1856, increased the reward to $300.

berryville — Edward McCormick, owner of Clermont, a plantation near Berryville, was fed up with the behavior of a slave named James Lee.

According to family documents, Lee, who was 38 in 1855, had…

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