John Dean, an attorney, took his first case representing a fugitive slave in order to test the applicability of the Fugitive Slave Law to the District. He put himself at risk representing slaves claimed as fugitives. In 1862 he sponsored a contraband who he sent to his family in New York where he could find work and be educated.
Hannibal Hamlin, cousin of Lincoln's first vice president, was a founder and first president of the National Freedman's Relief Association of DC. The Association raised money and managed the distribution of goods and services to destitute contrabands arriving in the city.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 1801 E Street S.E., Washington, 20003
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Paul Williams
Location Type: Site