Follow the North Star

Follow the North Star

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Genre: Historical Fiction

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Status: In Progress

Genre: Historical Fiction

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A woman helps a slave escape. A chapter in the book, The Peach Magnolia Tree..
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A woman helps a slave escape. A chapter in the book, The Peach Magnolia Tree..

Chapter4 (v.1) - Follow the North Star

Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: April 02, 2017

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Chapter Content - ver.1

Submitted: April 02, 2017

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A chapter in the book, The Peach Magnolia Tree -

I wonder at times if I should hate myself - the part of me that is white carrying the genes of kings and brutal warriors, and stolen ancestors out of Africa chained in slavery. I ask myself, "Who am I?" And then I realize, I am the hope of both people, black and white, for in me lives the knowledge of injustice, coupled with the capacity for change. Unlike my darker brothers and sisters who look at my lighter skin with disdain, I have money and a man who wields power in this unjust society. Together, we can change the future. ...........

He came at night, on a day pass signed by his master to transport a load of cotton to market. The knock at the parlor door startled me from a dreaming sleep. Throwing a thin robe over my nightgown, long hair flowing, I quietly descended the stairs.

Wet from a drizzle of rain, he wiped his feet on the entry mat, standing with eyes lowered, hat in hand.

"Well, come in then. Dry yourself by the fire while I put the kettle on for tea."

He seemed frightened by the spaciousness of the house, as if he had chosen the wrong destination.

Have you no dry clothing, Monsieur?"

He nodded at a dirty bundle on the floor.

"Beyond the sitting room you will find a hallway. Dress there. The wagon will be here soon. It does little good to linger here."

The wagon arrived to carry him to Canada. He would have many stops a long the way on the Underground Railroad. My home was the first.

" Follow the drinking gourd, the Big Dipper"...I called, as he climbed into the back.

Guided by the North Star, he would find his freedom.


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