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Dr. Robert Collins House: William and Ellen Craft Escape Site

William and Ellen Craft became international heroes as people seeking freedom from enslavement in Macon, Georgia. They took advantage of Ellen's light skinned complexion to pose as a wealthy landowner with William serving as personal servant. Their escape began from the residence at 830 Mulberry Street where the couple lived and Ellen had become a trusted servant. Ellen was a wedding gift to her half-sister Eliza when she married Dr. Robert Collins. Longing for freedom, the Crafts obtained holiday passes from their masters and boarded a train in Macon bound for Savannah shortly before Christmas on December 21, 1848. Avoiding confrontation and inquiries from transportation agents, the Crafts successfully arrived in Philadelphia on Christmas day where they were met by abolitionists who provided food and shelter. With the help of others, they successfully eluded slave hunters before moving to the safer areas near Boston and England before eventually returning to Georgia in April 1870 to help former enslaved people.

Visitor Information: Currently not open to public.

Location: 830 Mulberry St, Macon, Bibb, 31201

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Hal Harper

Location Type: Site

People/Organizations Associated with the site: Fugitive Slave Law Boston Vigilance Committee

Freedom Seekers: Ellen Craft

UGRR Operatives: William Still