- Associated Press - Friday, October 3, 2014

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina historical marker in Wilmington is honoring the life of Abraham Galloway, who escaped slavery and became a legislator.

Galloway was born in 1837 in what is now Southport to a slave and a free white man. In 1857, he stowed away on a ship and joined the abolitionist movement in Philadelphia. He returned to federally occupied northeastern North Carolina, where he led recruitment of black men into the Union Army.

In April 1864, Galloway led a delegation of Southern black representatives to meet with and lobby President Lincoln for voting and other rights. He was among the first black men elected to the state Senate in 1868, where he served until his death in September 1870.

The marker will be dedicated Friday at Third and Bladen streets.

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