Burris’ rights were bought for $500 by Wilmington abolitionist, Issac Flint. Flint then arranged for Burris to rejoin his family in Philadelphia. The ordeal bolstered Burris’ involvement in freeing slaves, and he continued to support the cause of helping newly freed slaves adjust to their new lives after the Civil War and the end of slavery.
There are several conflicting accounts of exactly when Burris died while living in San Francisco. The years have jumped around from 1863, 1868 and 1869.
Delaware Gov. Jack Markell will host a morning ceremony to pardon Burris at the Old State House in Dover on November 2. There will also be a dedication of a historical marker honoring Burris. Several honored guests, included elected state officials, are slated to offer remarks.