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Four years before the American Civil War, a legal battle emerged from a situation that occurred aboard a steamship from Savannah to New York. One of the passengers, Thomas Steele, a light skinned man, was accused of being a fugitive slave by another...

Bowne Street is likely named after Rodman Bowne who owned land in the area in 1834. The Bowne brothers Rodman (1784-1845) and Samuel (1791-1845) made their success in the ferry business. They ran the Catherine Street Ferry that landed at the foot of...

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