Escaping to Baltimore

Escaping to Baltimore
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  • Frederick Douglass was a young man who was born into slavery he worked for the Auld couple then was rented out to Mr. Freeland. Mr.Freeland was a strict man but not as strict as some of the owners Douglass has worked for. The plantation was a hot and a hurtful place. When he worked in the fields he could feel the blazing sun every second he worked.  He began teaching a small group of slaves to read. The group met every Sunday since that was their only “free” day. They all became really close and they all had similar things in common but the only thing that stuck out most was the desire to escape slavery.
  • The slaves and Douglass began working together on trying to start a plan to escape slavery. “Does anyone have any ideas to escape, like a route, or destination?” asked John, one of the slaves. “I used to work in Baltimore and there were free slaves all throughout the town.” Douglass told the group. “Well is there any special route we could take?” “Well i arrived on a boat but that was meant to transport slaves.” The slaves kept talking amongst themselves and were developing a rough start to their escape. The planned and shared ideas every possible moment. Every second they spent trying to sleep they thought to themselves how they could escape.
  • The group go together every Sunday since that was a day they can spend planning. “So is everyone on board?” Douglass asked. Everyone nodded. “Well just incase im gonna say a quick summary of it.” everyone nodded again. “So we are going on Saturday night to go to the bay and get the boat, then we are going to start sailing towards Baltimore, and if anyone sees us on the river, hopefully they will think we are just fisherman.” “And what if they don’t?” asked Henry “I have prepared for such an event, I made fake passes for each one of us. They are supposed to be written by our master but i made them.” “What do they say” “They just say that we are aloud to be going to Baltimore to temporarily work for another owner.” The group all agreed to the plan. “Before I forget, if you don't know we are leaving in one week and if for whatever reason you want to back down you just have to promise not tell anyone about this escape and if Mr.Freeland asks where we are you must say that you don’t know.”
  • Once Friday night came, everyone was restless, especially Frederick Douglass. So far everything has gone smoothly. The slaves got up on Saturday morning like normal and got into the field to work. Men came to the gate and Mr. Freeland opened it and began to talk to them. “How may help you four gentlemen out?” “We are looking for a slave named Frederick Douglass and his friends, they are being taken because they are planning to escape.” Mr. Freeland called out for Frederick and he came right to him. Right away one of the men yanked on Douglass’s hands and tied them up. “Mr. Douglass where are your other friends?” Douglass pointed with his head at the others. The guards quickly went over to them and tied them up, restraining them to even move their hands. They continued to tie them up. Everyone cooperated except for Henry. “I refuse to let you lash me up!” “Obey or we will beat you right here in front of your friends!” Douglass quickly mouthed to Henry, “Obey, I have a plan.” Henry then obeyed and the guards tied him up. While the guards were distracted Douglass tossed his pass into the fire that was next to him.
  • The guards kept yanking on the ropes that were on each of the slaves. When they got to the prison they put the slaves in a room, took the ropes off, and locked the door. The slaves’ wrists were bright red from rope burn. Douglass kept  thinking to himself, “Who told? Why did they tell?” The guards came back and tossed in three loafs of breads and 1 gallon of water. “This is all you get for two days” one of the guards said, then left. “Eat your pass with your piece of bread so they don’t find it and keep us here,” everyone did as they were told and one by one each one of them were questioned by the guards.
  • The guards kept the slaves there even though they were all found “innocent”. The guards did give them more food and water but very little. When the guards came in John stood up, “How long are you going to keep us here?”  “Hush! We will keep you here as long we want to” John then sat down and just looked even more angry. The guards came back in a few moments later, “Douglass your master is here” Douglass got up and left with the guards but felt a huge amount of gilt. The guards had pulled on him very hard. “Frederick I have rented you out to my brother in Baltimore.” Douglass stood there in shock.
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