February 15 - 1851: Runaway slave Shadrach Minkins seized, then freed

1974: When Cape Cod considered secession. 2007: Huge stormed headed this way
Under a new Fugitive Slave Law northern authorities were required to help owners recapture slaves who had escaped to the North.

1974: Cape Cod as 51st state?

County Selectmen approve motion at meeting

On this day in 1974 as reported by the Associated Press -

BUZZARDS BAY - Members of the Barnstable County Selectmen's Association approved a motion Friday calling for a feasibility study of creating "an independent state of Cape Cod," possibly including the islands.

The motion was made at the close of the association's regular meeting by Harwich Selectman Don Griffin.

It was unanimously seconded and unanimously approved by those present. Barnstable County includes all of Cape Cod but does not include the islands of Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard.

The motion called on the Cape Cod Planning and Economic Development Commission to make the study. It was forwarded to the commission.

Griffin said that what the selectmen wanted was an economic study of what it costs Cape Cod to be part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

"Psychologically and geographically, we are different, and let's have a look at the cost factors involved," he said.

1851: Shadrach Minkins seized - freed

Outraged black men burst into a courtroom and rescue runaway slave

On this day in in 1851, a group of outraged black men burst into a courtroom in Boston and rescued Shadrach Minkins, the first escaped slave seized in New England under the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law.

Under the new law, northern authorities were required to help owners recapture slaves who had escaped to the North.

When Shadrach Minkins's master found out that he was in Boston, he had U.S. marshals arrest him. They took him to the federal courthouse in Boston, where an angry crowd gathered.

They stormed the courtroom and freed Minkins. He was taken to a hiding place on Beacon Hill. That night, he began his journey on the Underground Railroad. Six days later, he arrived safely in Canada.

In May of 1850, he made his way to Boston. At mid-century, 2,500 blacks lived in the city and surrounding area. Newcomers found a vibrant free black community. They also found a large number of active abolitionists, both black and white.

2007: Largest winter storm since 2003 heading northeast

The largest snowstorm to hit the interior Northeast since 2003 is now forming in the southern Plains; skiers and riders should prepare for a wide area encompassing many of the Northeast's ski and snowboard resorts to receive snowfall totals of over a foot and high winds, creating blizzard conditions across upstate New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine...

ZONE B  - This area starts as a mix but goes over to rain fairly quickly. Any front side accumulations would be up to 2” or less. The backside of the storm a change to snow for a brief period may drop up to 2”. The net gain here will likely be a max of 2” of snow and ice with isolated 3” amounts on Cape Cod and Long Island after the low passes. This area will see very high winds and beach erosion due to the strong pressure gradient along the seaboard.

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