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Sam Washington’s incredible story and forgotten African American history can be found in several references.
One source is the book Runaway Slaves by Charles Blockson. In this book, Blockson includes a brief biography of Sam Washington. He states that Washington was a slave who lived in Virginia in the early 19th century. He was a skilled shoemaker and was known for his fine work. Washington escaped from his owner in 1815, and made his way to freedom in Canada.
Another source of information on Sam Washington is the book The Underground Railroad by William Still. In this book, Still includes a letter from Sam Washington. In the letter, Washington describes his escape from slavery and journey to freedom in Canada.
Finally, there is a brief entry on Sam Washington in the book The Blacks in Canada: A History by Robin Winks. In this book, Winks states that Sam Washington was a skilled shoemaker who lived in Canada after escaping from slavery.
The information about Sam Washington available in these sources paints a portrait of an enslaved man who was able to overcome great adversity and find freedom. Sam Washington’s story is a reminder, also, of the courage and determination of the enslaved people who fought for their freedom. His story is an inspiration to all who believe in the power of freedom.
Author: Frances Rice