Dr. John Doy Arrested for Missouri Slave Abduction

Tuesday, January 25, 1859

John Doy and his rescue party. Courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.

Dr. John Doy and his son, Charles, are arrested 12 miles outside of Lawrence for having freed 13 slaves and attempting to take them north to Nebraska. They are arraigned at Weston, Missouri and incarcerated at Platte City. Charles is set free after a March 20th trial, but Dr. Doy is sentenced to five years. Free-Staters from Kansas then break Doy out of jail in St. Joseph, Missouri, on July 23, 1859. 


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