Clemency for Abolitionists



Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon is trying to get clemency on some cases that go way back in time.
 
Simon’s office is working with historians to identify Illinois abolitionists who were convicted for fighting slavery.
 
Slavery was abolished in Illinois in 1824, but laws still prohibited people from harboring or helping slaves.
 
The first petition filed by Simon is for Richard Eells, an abolitionist and Underground Railroad conductor who helped slaves traveling through Quincy on their way to Canada.

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