When slaves would runaway, bounty hunters would run after them and capture them for the reward money. Slaves were very valuable to the masters of the plantations because they provided free labor. Some people posed as conductors in safe houses to trap the runaway slaves.
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Director Kristina Estle
Wanted!, Director Kristina Estle
“Wanted!,” A Glimpse Through the Underground Railroad Museum, accessed July 2, 2022, https://ugrrm.omeka.net/items/show/47.