Lead: In 1856 fugitive slave Margaret Garner arrested while trying to escape attempted the unthinkable. To prevent her children from being returned to slavery, she killed one and tried to kill the others.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: After crossing the frozen Ohio River near Cincinnati Garner’s family were in hiding when the posse led by her owner, Archibald Grimes closed in. Margaret killed her two and one half year old daughter, Mary, and attempted to kill the others. Margaret herself was mulatto and her murdered daughter was described as “almost white.” It is probable that the father of at least some of Margaret’s children was actually Grimes, her owner. Garner’s husband worked on a neighboring plantation.

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