Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Escape from Slavery at February 2010 meeting

For Christmas 1848, William and Ellen Craft gave each other a very special present: their freedom. The Crafts were black slaves who were "owned" by different masters in Macon, Georgia. William and Ellen were illiterate, but they knew they could be free if they could only manage to get a thousand miles north, away from the Southern slaveholding states.

How did they do it? Find out Tuesday evening, February 9, when La Porte County Genealogical Society member Paul Graham presents a program in honor of Black History Month, derived from William Craft's book Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom.

The society meets at 7 pm on the second Tuesday of every month at the Swanson Center for Older Adults, 910 State St., La Porte. The public is welcome at all meetings. For a list of upcoming programs and more information about the society's activities in awards, research, publication, and records preservation, visit our web site.

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