Wallace Turnage

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Wallace Turnage (1846 – 1916) was an escaped slave who wrote a narrative that was published.

He was born in North Carolina, and was the son of a fifteen-year-old slave and a white man.[1] He was sold multiple times and made repeated attempts to run away, and succeeded. He lived in New York and New Jersey, working as a waiter, janitor, glass blower and finally as a watchman.[2]

His manuscript was passed on to his daughter, Lydia Turnage Connolly (1885 – 1984). After her death, it was another 20 years before it was published.


  1. ^ David W. Blight "A Slave's Audacious Bid for Freedom," American Heritage, Fall 2008.
  2. ^ "Wallace Turnage". Hstg. Retrieved 2007-12-06.

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