Datebook: March 13 - Act Prohibiting the Return of Slaves 150 Years Ago

Mar 13, 2012

On March 13, 1862, Congress approved an act prohibiting the military from sending escaped slaves back into slavery. The Act of Prohibiting the Return of Slaves was spawned as a result of Union armies entering Southern territory, and some commanders putting fleeing slaves to work digging trenches, building fortifications, and performing other camp work. These slaves were called "contraband," emphasizing their status as captured enemy property. The reaction from Congress effectively annulled the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and set the stage for the Emancipation Proclamation.


It’s Tuesday, March 13


The Paducah Symphony Orchestra hosts a “Beat Beethoven” 5K run/walk this Saturday.  Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony will be played, and runners try to finish the race before the music stops.  Race registration is from 7:30 to 8:45 in Noble Park Shelter #10.  The race begins at 9AM, and a 1-mile youth run begins at 10.


Maiden Alley Cinema presents “The Day After Tomorrow” as part of their Science on Screen series.  The film shows Thursday night at 6:30.  Hear an introduction by MSU Biology Professor Howard Whiteman.  Dr. Whiteman will talk about human response to major disasters and to subtle changes in our environment.  There’s more online at


Land Between the Lakes is looking for volunteers to help with the Fort Henry Trail Cleanup.  Meet at the Fort Henry Trailhead on Saturday morning at 10 for two hours of hiking, learning about Civil War history, and collecting trash and recyclables.  Find details at


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