By Wim Coleman, Pat Perrin, Courtney A. Martin

Slavery within the usa turned unlawful within the 1860s. ahead of that, many slaves discovered their means north by way of following the massive Dipper, or the ingesting Gourd as they known as it. Our tale starts off in 1880 with outdated Ellie and previous Sam, escaped slaves who percentage their courageous tale alongside the trail to freedom known as the Underground Railroad.

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Come on, let’s go. Old Ellie: So we started walking across the ice. Old Sam: It was slippery and cold under our feet. Young Sam: Oh, Ellie—what’s that groaning sound? Young Ellie: That’s the ice creaking under us. Young Sam: Can it hold us? Young Ellie: It ought to. We’re neither one of us much more than skin and bone. Old Ellie: We were halfway across when we heard voices behind us. Slave hunter 1: Hey, there! Slave hunter 2: You two children! Stop where you are! Slave hunter 1: Stop, or we’ll shoot!

Climb up in back and get yourselves hid! Old Sam: So we climbed into an empty cabinet in the back of his wagon. We went rattling on down the road while Peg Leg sang some more. Peg Leg Joe: (singing) The river ends between two hills, Follow the Drinking Gourd. There’s another river on the other side, Follow the Drinking Gourd. Old Sam: I peeked out through the crack between the cabinet doors. Young Ellie: What do you seen, Sam? 30 Young Sam: We’re driving through a valley. The river’s nothing more than a trickle.

Old Sam: It was slippery and cold under our feet. Young Sam: Oh, Ellie—what’s that groaning sound? Young Ellie: That’s the ice creaking under us. Young Sam: Can it hold us? Young Ellie: It ought to. We’re neither one of us much more than skin and bone. Old Ellie: We were halfway across when we heard voices behind us. Slave hunter 1: Hey, there! Slave hunter 2: You two children! Stop where you are! Slave hunter 1: Stop, or we’ll shoot! Young Sam: They’ve got guns! Young Ellie: They won’t shoot us.

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