Lucy

Lucy Dupee
(1790-after 1877)  Lucy was a free woman of color who had been living in northern Coles County with her brother, daughter, and grandchildren forming the Brushy Fork community since 1838.  She was born in Virginia probably as a slave.  She seems to have been moved to Kentucky, where she wed Edward Dupee.  By 1846, Edward is a free man and buys forty acres for Lucy here, though he never appears to live with her.  We have no direct evidence of how Lucy and her family interacted with the Bryants, however, we surmise that Anthony was probably the religious leader of the community.  Black Grove was about eight miles from Lucy's home.  The fact, that Sim Wilmott, Jane's brother and fellow Matson slave, turns to this community once the trial is over is another indication that they were well-known to each other.  Anthony and Jane most likely chose not to involve Lucy in their flight from Matson, so as not to put them in any more danger than they were already in (kidnappings of free blacks to be sold south was a common complaint in southern Illinois).  We believe that the members of this community who valued independence and freedom would have assisted Anthony and Jane in preparing for their journey to Liberia, and may have housed them after the trial.  While most of her family moved to Kansas in 1877, we believe that Lucy stayed and is buried at the "Negro Cemetery" in Douglas County on the Brushy Fork.
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