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Tabbs Gross was a slave who purchased his freedom and settled in Cincinnati, OH, where he was a member of the Underground Railroad, helping others to freedom in Ohio and the New England area. He served with the Union Army during the U.S. Civil War. For a brief period, he lived in Arkansas where he was the first African American to own and edit a newspaper, the Arkansas Freeman. Tabbs Gross was also a politician and lawyer in Arkansas, and would return to practice law in Cincinnati.

"Gross, Tabbs," Notable Kentucky African Americans Database.

"Gross, Tabbs (1820–1880)," The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture.

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