Monday, February 9, 2009

Figures in Black History #6

Ellen (and William) Craft, the daughter of a black slave and white slave-owner escaped slavery from Macon, GA to Pennsylvania. By dressing as a white male slave-owner she, accompanied by her husband who was believed to be her servant traveled by train and steamship undetected, arriving in Pennsylvania on Christmas Day 1848.

Although they were in free territory they were far from free and had to move around to elude detection on several occasions when slave catchers sought them out to transport them back into slavery in Georgia. They never felt safe in the Northern "Free" States and in 1850, just two years after fleeing slavery, sailed to England.

They became involved in anti-slavery causes and lectured before publishing their narratives, Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom in 1860.

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