Treasured Moments In Black History: The Underground Railroad
Hope has a strange way of shining. It’s most evident in difficult times. This is Treasured Moments In Black History.
Freedom’s Road was called the Underground Railroad. It started in the late 18th century and concluded with the end of the Civil War.
This road had nothing to do with steel tracks or rail cars, though. Instead, it was a loose network of conductors: Black, white, free, and enslaved abolitionists laboring to aid southern fugitives in their route from one station (or hiding place) to the next.
Because of the efforts of these brave men and women, many fugitives secured personal freedom in what they called the “promised land,” the northern U.S. states and Canada. It is estimated that over 100,000 slaves used it to escape the cruel bondage of slave owners.
Faced with a life bound by injustice, endless hours of strenuous labor with no compensation, plus physical and psychological punishment, runaways counted the cost and accepted a fugitive life: traveling by foot for miles or sometimes hundreds of miles, suffering starvation, fearing being caught by authorities, or worse yet, a lynch mob.
The astounding sacrificial effort by notable abolitionists like Quaker Levi Coffin, William Still, and Harriet Tubman brought hope and purpose because of this railroad.
They risked it all, exemplifying the declaration “all men are created equal,” and further personifying the Biblical phrase, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends” (John 15:13).
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In every generation, God uses ordinary people to accomplish great things!
Treasured Moments in Black History by Moody Radio remembers the people and events in America that have shaped
history and inspired lives. By looking back and highlighting these moments, you will be inspired,
enriched and encouraged in your faith walk to make history for God’s kingdom.