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11 Facts About Anna Murray
Anna Murray was born in Denton, Maryland, to Bambara and Mary Murray.
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Unlike her seven older brothers and sisters, who were born in slavery, Anna Murray and her younger four siblings were born free, her parents having been manumitted just a month before her birth.
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Anna Murray's freedom made Douglass believe in the possibility of his own.
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When he decided to escape slavery in 1838, Anna Murray encouraged and helped him by providing Douglass with some sailor's clothing her laundry work gave her access to.
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Anna Murray's gave him part of her savings, which she augmented by selling one of her feather beds.
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Anna Murray's helped support the family financially, working as a laundress and learning to make shoes, as Douglass's income from his speeches was sporadic and the family was struggling.
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Anna Murray's took an active role in the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society and later prevailed upon her husband to train their sons as typesetters for his abolitionist newspaper, North Star.
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Anna Murray's died of a stroke in 1882 at the family home in Washington D C Anna Murray's was initially buried at Graceland Cemetery in Washington, D C, but the cemetery closed in 1894 and on 22 February 1895, she was moved to Mount Hope Cemetery in Rochester, New York.
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Anna Murray changed his name to Douglass after his escape, because as a fugitive slave he was at risk of recapture.
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