From NKAA, Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (main entry)

Garner, Margaret

(born: 1833  -  died: 1856) 

Margaret Garner was a runaway slave who was later recaptured and died in a shipwreck on the way back to Kentucky. She had killed one of her children rather than have the child returned to slavery. Toni Morrison's novel, Beloved, is based on Margaret Garner. For more see "Horrible Affair," Louisville Daily Courier, 01/30/1856; and Modern Medea, by S. Weisenburger.




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NKAA Source: Beloved : a novel
NKAA Source: Louisville daily courier (newspaper)
NKAA Source: Modern Medea : a family story of slavery and child-murder from the Old South

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