Fredericks Escape

Fredericks Escape

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  • “Alright listen here erbody, the plan is, on Saturday night, sail up the Chesapeake Bay in a canoe owned by Freeland.” They hoped to be regarded as fishermen, for if they went by land any white man could decide to search them. “After this, we turn the canoe up and head past the United States limits following the north star.” No one knew anything of Canada it was like a myth to all them, a place where there were no slaves almost seemed too good to be true. Henry offered some help “If we do this we're gonna need protection in case we do get stopped.” Frederick volunteered to write them considering he was the one that taught all of them to read and write. The odds of the mission were not great though no one quit for they all knew they could not continue their lives as slaves.
  • On the morning of the escape, it started as a usual one. They were working in the fields and were spreading manure. All of a sudden Frederick gets the feeling that something was not right. It was as if someone punched him right in the gut. He knew immediately someone had snitched. He turned to Sandy and whispered “someone talked, someone talked” Sandy only nodded as not to draw attention but Frederick saw the fear in his eyes. However, even with all this, the horn blew as usual and all the slaves went for breakfast. On his way Frederick saw through the fields four white men at the door, knowing they were here for him. As soon as he got inside the house Mr. Freeland called Frederick to the door. Standing there were the four white men and two colored men. As soon as he was there they grabbed him and started tying his hands together. Frederick shouted to the slaves “HELP, HELP.” Henry and John ran in the room to help. The constables immediately ordered, “tie your hands together.” John, with a look of defiance in his eye, shouts “no, you do not control me.” One of the constables brought out a silver pistol. With Henry and the constables fighting, Frederick had the time he needed to slip out the protection he had written and tossed it in the fire.
  • On the walk to the police station, Frederick knows they all still have the fake protections he wrote. If they get caught with those the men will have all the proof they need. He thinks there is no hope left and was about to give up when he thought of an idea. He whispers to everyone “eat the protections” and the idea was passed up to all. Still, the plan had failed and there would be no escaping now. When they got to the police station Frederick was immediately searched and was found with nothing, he then was thrown in a cell. While in the cell Frederick has time to think about what to do. Frederick knows he still hates slavery and wants to change who he is. However while in there he hears them talking “I think we should send them to Alabama.” If Frederick gets sent to Alabama there will be no hope for freedom for that is like the slave capital. However, the men decide there is no point to send them to Alabama, and it was like a 40-pound weight getting lifted off of Frederick’s heart. Frederick still has hope and knows that this is just a bump in the long road to freedom.
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