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1: Elijah's Journal By: Mrs. Burnett 02/07/12 Mrs. Burnett's Class

2: Journal Entry #1 | My name be Elijah Freeman. I’d be eleven years old. I live in Buxton. Buxton be a settlement for slaves that got free. Buxton be located in Canada. In Buxton I have one ma and one pa. They be really good parents. Sadly they were not born free like I was. I have no siblings atall. The only place that has white people that are nice is Chatham and I go there sometimes.

3: Journal Entry #2 | February 23,1822 Today my friend Cooter came runin’ up to me.He be try’n to talk to me but he just kept on jabbering. Finally he be sayin’ that there be some animal tracks and that he don’t know what animal the tracks belonged to.This be a surprise to me. Cooter be the best at finding out what animal the tracks belonged to. So we went to the animal tracks.The tracks be circular. Then the preacher came over to us. When he saw the tracks he said “Oh,no! These be hoop snake tracks.” Then I said “What are hoop snakes.” The preacher said that if you get bit by one of them hoop snakes you blow up and then starve to death. Next the preacher said “Elijah, promise me that if I were to get bitten by one of them hoop snakes that you would put a bullet in my head before I blow up.”Then basically I ran faster than the fastest horse ever and nearly blew up from screaming. I went home and my ma said “Boy what the heck is wrong with you is is it cuz you too darn fra-gile.” I told my ma about everything that just happened and she said “boy you can’t die twice and there is no such thing as a hoop snake!”

4: Journal Entry #3 | February 26,1822 On the first day that the settlement of Buxton was open,We had a parade. In the parade there be three important people. I was one of the three important people. I be one of the three important people because I was the first child born free in Buxton. So anyway another one of the three important people started talking and throwin me in the air. Then I sort of threwed up some chunks all over him. Then my ma came up and aimed my throw up out the window. This event will stick with me for the rest of my natural born life.

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