A slave for eight years.

by Lisa Y. Henderson

A PECULIARLY HARD CASE. – Frank Johnson, a free man of colour, has just returned to Newcastle, Pa., after having been a slave in the South for eight years. He was decoyed to Lynchburg, Va., about 1850; since which time he has been a kind of circulating evidence through out the whole region extending from Virginia to South Carolina. He has been sold twelve times, at priced ranging from $500 to $1,000. At length, being identified, his case came up for trial in the court of Moore county, N.C., by which time was set at liberty.

Frederick Douglass’ Paper, 17 September 1858.