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  Basis for Toni's Morrison's "Beloved"
by BeatChick

On the Covington, KY, side of the Ohio River in Mainstrasse you'll find a remarkable historical plaque recounting the horrible tale of a slave who was running away across the frozen river to freedom, with her was her daughter:
On a snowy night in January 1856, seventeen slaves fled at foot of Main Street, across frozen Ohio River. Margaret Garner was in this group. When arrested in Ohio, she killed little daughter rather than see her returned to slavery. This much publicized slave capture became focus of national attention because it involved the issues of federal and state authority.

The above true tale became the basis for Toni Morrison's Beloved.

An off-the-beaten-path visit to here would be well-combined with a visit to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center across the river.

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  • Written Feb 1, 2005
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