Did you know that a white woman – with ties to Philadelphia – was one of the worst slavery monster in U.S. history? Historians refer to her as a major conductor of the “Reverse Underground Railroad.” Irefer to her as the “Reverse Harriet Tubman.”
In the 1820s in Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania, Patty (aka Lucretia P.) Cannon ringleader of the notoriously brutal Cannon- Johnson Gang based in Delaware, kidnapped hundreds of free Black men, women, and children to sell them into slavery and murdered at least 20 – many of whom were children she burned alive.
Patty Cannon was immediately areested, but committed suicide on May 11, 1829 in a Delaware prson.
I really want to say, “Burn in hell, you evil bitch!” However , since this such a scholarly post, I won’t. (But I guess I kinda/sorta just said it. Oh well.)
In fact, it was right here in Philly – which had the largest free Black population in America but didnt have an independently organized police force until 1833 – that Mayor Joseph Watson and PA Governor John Shulze sought the release of several young free Blacks who had been kidnapped here by Cannon’s traveling gang in 1825. Although they were successful in getting them released they were unsuccessful in getting any of the white gang members convicted.
After each kidnapping, Cannon would hold all her victims in her attic, which had been converted into a cramped jail cell. And later, she would periodically transport them for sale down south in her own personal slave ship.
When Cannon in 1829 robber a white patron at her bar, which was connected to her house, a local Delaware sheriff was called to investigate. And while searching Cannon’s house, he found 21 Black men, women, and children shackled in the attic cell.