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Leonard Grimes

Leonard Grimes (1815-74) was born free in Leesburg, VA. At the time a resident of DC, Grimes was arrested for helping Patty and her 6 children escape in 1839, when Grimes, a hackman, took them to DC in one of his carriages. Convicted, he spent 2 years in the Richmond penitentiary and was fined $100. After prison, Grimes and his family moved to New Bedford, MA, a hotbed of the Underground Railroad, and then to Boston. In Boston he was pastor of the 12th St. Baptist Church and his congregation included freedom seekers. Grimes worked to save Anthony Burns, Shadrach Minkins, and Thomas Sims, all freedom seekers in Boston, threated with return to enslavement.