I just read the greatest real life love story ever about Madison Washington which took place in 1841. I am reading from the book titled “The Black Man” written by William Wells Brown in 1865. Brown would be considered the first African American historian in our history. If Carter G. Woodson is considered the father of Black History, then Brown would be the Grandfather or Great-Grandfather. Brown highlights about 50 short biographies of early African-Americans from pre-emancipation in this book:
here is my quick write up which does not do it true justice. Madison an ex-slave from VA escaped to Canada but was so depressed and distressed because his wife was not with him. He worked on a farm in Canada until he raised enough money and learned enough as he gave up recreation to learn how to read and plan to get his wife. He eventually left the farm in Canada. First he traveled for weeks then he hid in the woods for days, waiting for the perfect opportunity to greet his wife. He miscalculated the time that his wife would be sent to her slave quarters. The white slave owners showed up first and he fought for his life and was beaten severely by several of the whites and then jailed and then sold into slavery again. The ex-slave now slave again figured he would be caught so he sewed small cutting tools into his cloths. He was chained to one of the ships and shipped with 134 slaves from from Hampton, VA area to New Orleans. While captured he selected 18 men who were also chained up to revolt against the sailors and new owners. They filed there chains off one by one each night with the cutting tools he sewed into his cloths. Nov. 7, 1841 they took the “Brig Creole” ship by storm, one slave was killed in the process and several whites were severely injured and the other slaves were getting ready to kill them and Madison stepped in between them and said “no”, we will be the better men and we will show true compassion for those who showed no compassion for us. He personally dressed their wounds and had them cared for. They held the captain by gunpoint and told him to sail the boat to a safe land. After their short victory, the slaves celebrated by cooking the finest meal they had ever received. They cooked a feast of feast. As the other slaves were set free from their cells. Madison had no idea what was about to happen. His wife, Susan, who he thought he lost forever came out with the other women. They cried and cried tears of complete joy. The rest of the slaves on the boat cried with them. The captained sailed the ship to Nassau, Bahamas and they lived their in freedom for the rest of their life. REAL BLACK HISTORY.