A story that haven’t been told to the masses. The story of the married couple – William and Ellen Craft. Ellen, was a mixed women with very fair skin, who could pass as a white person, disguised herself as a young white cotton planter traveling with “his slave”, William. She also had one arm in a poultice sling to avoid having to write, which she has never learned to do, and another sling tied about her face to disguise her beardless and feminine features.
On the night of their escape, William recounts that Ellen was so afraid that she burst into tears, before finally working up the courage to proceed. From this point in the narrative until they reach the North, Craft calls Ellen his master, and Ellen eventually feels comfortable enough in her role to make a few jokes with the white travelers that she meets on the journey.
The trip north nearly ends before it even begins. The cabinet maker for whom Craft works comes to the train station because he had a premonition that the couple might "make tracks for parts unknown". Furthermore, an old acquaintance of Ellen's family happens to be on the train with her. Fortunately, Ellen's disguise and the train's departure keep them from being recognized. The Crafts manage to play their parts so convincingly that throughout the trip many white passengers try to convince Ellen not to take her slave north. The closer the pair got to Philadelphia, the more Ellen is encouraged to remain in the South and the more Craft is covertly advised to run away as soon as they reach the free states. #thisisamerica
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