Hello, my name is John P. Parker. I am a conductor on the Underground Railroad, and this is my story.
My job is to help people over the Ohio River, which is one of the busiest parts of the Railroad. After they get across the river they go to another conductor to continue their journey. This is one of my stories.
One night, my friend Tom Collins told me that there were slaves hiding in the woods that needed help. I decided to go and help them with a pistol and a knife just in case.
John! There are some slaves stuck in the woods that need your help!
After I found them, we began walking back towards the river, and one of them went to get water. While he was gone we heard footsteps and gunfire. He sacrificed himself for the group.
We got to the river, and we didn't have room for everybody on the boat. When a man got left behind, one of the women shouted that that is her husband. Ond of the men on the boat jumps back onto shore to make room for the husband.
The Fugitive Slave Acts were a pair of laws that allowed for the capture and return of runaway slaves, and the punishment of assisting slaves escape. They also passed a second Fugitive slave act that would make the punishments harsher. Many states passed laws that would go around these acts. And this made the Abolitionists more public.