1797, Nov 191871, Dec 4
an American landowner, salt maker, and slave trader, based out of Gallatin County, Illinois. He is also the great-great grandfather of killer and suspected serial killer Joe Ball, also known as "The Alligator Man". Although Illinois was a free state, Crenshaw leased the salt works in nearby Equality, Illinois from the government, which permitted the use of slaves for the arduous labor of hauling and boiling brackish water to produce salt. Crenshaw was widely believed to be involved in the kidnapping and sale of free black citizens in free states as slaves in the south, an enormously profitable trade later known as the Reverse Underground Railroad. Crenshaw was twice prosecuted for kidnapping, but never convicted.
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