Blacks and whites working together
trying to stop slavery forever.
Different colors of skin
fighting slavery to win.
From the souls of slaves
raised in cotton fields and shacks of shame.
Not taught to read or write,
always kept in slavery's sight.
As a child, her toys were things of work, not of joy.
She has no playground,
her playmates were not around.
They worked in the fields,
picking cotton and doing others' wills.
| The Underground Railway has many friends,
God-fearing people who wanted to see slavery end.
These white friends risked their lives
To help silence black children's freedom cries.
Whites risking their lives for slaves,
Helping to end the ills of old ways.
Slaves moved like cars on rails.
Following Harriet's trails,
A human train
A freedom train
Winding through hills and valleys,
Stopping only to rest and search for food
In streets and alleys.
Harriet had no life,
no pusuit of happiness.
There was not much food,
living was crude.
Families of slaves were separated
And love became hatred.
Harriet wanted to be free for years,
because all she had was tears.
She thought of running away
but where? . . . which way?
After a few months had passed,
Harriet's journey to freedom began at last.
Sitting near a low burning fire,
Harriet's father told slaves to believe in "freedom's fire."
Then he surprised them all and pulled out a map,
"A map" he said, "to freedom", and put the map in Harriet's lap.
He saw the light of freedom in Harriet's eyes.
And as he gave her the map to see, he said,
"Help set all slave free."
Harriet's fathers' love had made heart strong.
He taught her right from wrong.
And he knew slavery was very, very, wrong
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