“Slavery, Escape, Hope and Freedom” by Fortunato Mendes

After a long hard and hot summer of working in the cotton fields we had finally summoned some courage and decided we would head North and face our fears of leaving all that we knew.  We had managed to save a few vittles from the small portions which were our normal lot and dried some summer berries to carry us along our way. With maximum courage and minimum goods we waited patiently for the full moon to light our way en the first full moon after the harvest.  All of the work of the harvest had tired us to our bones but we had not time to rest and not desire to stay any longer.
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