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August 9, 2015

Answer To the 8/9 Trivia Question!

Black History:  Special Delivery!!

Question:

All of the men below escaped slavery.  Which person used his profession as a sailor as a way to escape slavery?

A) Lewis Williams

B) Matthew Henson

C) Fredrick Douglass

D) William Kraft

The answer is C.  Fredrick Douglass

In 1838, Douglass successful escaped from slavery.  He was 20 years old.  It was actually his second attempt.  2 years earlier he had attempted to escape but another slave told his master of his plan.  As a result he was jailed and then sent to Baltimore where he was hired out to work in the shipyards.  His cover was almost blown several times, but eventually he made it to freedom.  Another interesting fact to note is that upon escaping to freedom, is when he took the surname “Douglass” prior to that, his last name had been Bailey.

To read more about his escape, click on the link below:

http://www.history.com/news/frederick-douglass-escapes-slavery-175-years-ago

Harriet Tubman Home For The Elderly

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Harriet Tubman Home For The Elderly
Harriet Tubman Home For The Elderly

Many of us know about Harriet Tubman’s heroism as a conductor on the Underground Railroad and how she helped hundreds of slave escape to freedom in the north. But did you that she also established a home for the elderly? In 1896 Hariett Tubman purchased 25 acres of land adjacent to her home for $1,450 in Auburn, NY to build a home for elderly blacks. The Thompson AME Zion Church in Auburn, NY assisted her financially. That support along with a mortgage from a local bank helped her to pay for the property.

Unable to make tax payments on the property, she donated it to the AME Zion Church in 1903, with the stipulation that the church would continue to operate the home. It took 5 years to fully staff and equip the home.   On June 23, 1908 the Harriet Tubman Home for the Elderly was inaugurated. Tubman, herself, eventually was cared for in the home for the elderly when her health began to deteriorate in 1911. It was there that she died in 1913. All 3 properties, Harriet Tubman’s residence, Thompson AME Zion Church, and the Harriet Tubman Home For The Elderly are all considered National Historic Landmarks.  The Harriet Tubman Home for The Elderly continues to be operated by The AME Zion church in Auburn, NY.

Harriet Tubman
Harriet Tubman

One Question Quiz: Who Used His Profession As A Sailor to Escape Slavery?

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Test your knowledge!  No cheating.  Don’t google or surf the net to find the answer in advance.  Take your best guess!  Answer will be posted by 7pm EST on Sunday 8/9

All of the men below escaped slavery.  Which person used his profession as a sailor as a way to escape slavery?

A) Lewis Williams

B) Matthew Henson

C) Fredrick Douglass

D) William Kraft

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