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Article-a-Day #3: Mental Floss -John W. Jones: The Runaway Slave Who Buried Nearly 3000 Confederate Soldiers in Elmira, NY

On July 5, 1844, Jones crossed a toll bridge into Elmira, New York, with less than $2 in his pocket. Unlike most runaways bound for Canada, Jones decided to stay in Elmira. It’s here that Jones would become one of the country’s most successful Underground Railroad conductors, one of the richest black men in the state of New York, and the last earthly link for nearly 3000 dead Confederate soldiers.