Underground Railroad

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9 August 2013

Published August 7, 2013 by rochellewisoff


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Genre: Historical Fiction

Word Count:  99


            With a wary glance over her shoulder, Laura rushed into the general store, her lungs burning. She thrust a basket into the shopkeeper’s arms.

            “Hold this until the train comes.” She dropped a dollar on the counter. “I’ve more if necessary.”

            Just then, a barrel-chested man with savage blue eyes burst in, cracked a horsewhip and bellowed,  “That’s my property. This Quaker witch is a thief!”

            A calm smile on his face, the shopkeeper reached into the basket and caressed the mulatto infant’s light-brown cheek. “Your son, sir?”

            “How dare you!”

             The shopkeeper winked at Laura. “No charge, Mrs. Haviland.”       




Renee snapped this week’s photo in Tecumseh, Michigan where she lives. By the architecture  I could tell that the building is old. How old I wasn’t sure but looks like 19th century. So I began the journey on the Google super highway which led me to the Underground Railroad. Tecumseh, for the most part, was anti-slavery and helped many an African American on the journey to freedom. Among these unsung heroes was Laura Smith Haviland.  A champion abolitionist, she did have some slave owners angrily on her trail.  To Tecumseh’s credit, there’s no record of any escaped slave ever being returned to his or her owners. 


Laura Smith Haviland

For more info on this courageous lady click here.


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