1839 A petition to abolish slavery was put forth by 300 Wilmington women.

1866 Burton N. Harrison, private secretary to Jefferson Davis, became the last prisoner to be released from Fort Delaware.

1871 African Americans in Wilmington mourned the death of Quaker abolitionist Thomas Garrett as he was laid to rest in the Quaker Meeting Grounds at 4th and West Streets.

1996 Billy Bailey was executed for the brutal slaying of an elderly Kent County couple.

Today's facts were compiled by historian Roger Martin and brought to you by the Delaware Public Archives.