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Long live The Resistant Spirit and Blood of Sylvia Dubois (c. 1788/89 – 1889), also spelled as was an African American woman born into slavery who became free after striking her slave mistress. After gaining her freedom, Dubois moved to New Jersey where she lived with her children until her death. A physician by the name of C.W. Larison decided to document the life of Dubois and her journey to freedom in the book Silvia Dubois (Now 116 Yers Old) A Biografy of the Slav who Whipt Her Mistres and Gand Her Fredom.
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In 1808, when Minna was out on grand-jury duty in Wilkes-Barre, the mistress had Dubois scrub the bar-room because company was over. Dubois did not do the scrubbing to her liking, and the mistress hit her. In retaliation, Dubois hit the mistress so hard that she fell down and landed against the door. Dubois thought that she had killed her at first. The other people in the bar-room attempted to intervene, but Dubois threatened them with physical violence, and no one approached her.
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Dubois fled to Chenang Point in New York, but her master Minna sent for her. She went back to Great Bend, and Minna told her that if she took her child to New Jersey, he would write her a pass and officially give Dubois her freedom. Consequently, Dubois took her baby and went to Flagtown, New Jersey to find her mother. There, she discovered that her mother had moved to New Brunswick, so she tracked her down and remained there for years. #SylviaDubois #stiffresistanceendedslavery #stiffresistance #WeFaughtBack #conversationreparations #slavery #undergroundwgn

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