The History of York County, published in 1834, tells of 21 Black men and women arrested in 1803, accused of setting fire to several barns and stables.

The account states that the fires were set to avenge a negro woman, named Margaret Bradley, [who] was convicted for a misdemeanor in attempting to poison Sophia Bentz, and Metilda Bentz of York; and in the consequence thereof, was sentenced to undergo an imprisonment of four years in the penitentiary, at Philadelphia.

I wonder why the Black population was so bent on avenging Margaret Bradley? Was she falsely accused? In Africa women who had a knowledge of medicinal herbs and potions where highly respected. Was Margaret Bradley such a person, having carried that knowledge from Africa to America? And as such was she so feared by White people that they falsely accused her?

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