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“Freedom is one of the first words I teached myself to write. Down in the Quarters people pray for freedom – they sing ‘bout freedom, but to keep Mas’ Henley from knowin’ their true feelings, they call freedom ‘heaven’. Everybody’s mind is on freedom… While fannin’ this afternoon, my eyes fell on ‘freedom’ in a book William was readin’... I been spellin’ it F-R-E-D-U-M. I put the right letters in my head to make sure I remembered their place. F-R-E-E-D-O-M.”
Clotee is a slave girl on one of Virginia’s notorious cotton plantations. To her, freedom is just a word – but it’s the most important word in the world. Will the day of liberation ever come? A historical turning point is brought to life by the My Story series, in a book based on the true memoirs of Clotee Henley, an actual former slave.
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