FC: Under Ground to Canada Journal Entries By: Milan Suvajac
1: New morning, the slave trader came and I got sold with several other slaves that are also my close friends. They made us walk for hours and when we slept \d I could feel the cold blood going down by back. After we reached the Mississippi River we got chained down on the deck of the ship and we set off. My feet hurt and these chains are cutting my wrists and at night time it feel s like the middle of a snow storm on this deck. Each day I miss my mother even more than the other and I feel like I have made a mistake to stay with my mom, I should have gone with my father to freedom. Nobody likes to talk on the deck and I think that they feel as I do. . . they feel as they've made a wrong turn. I hate this I should have run, maybe I would be free?
2: After we ended the journey over the Mississippi River, we walk for hours once again until we reached the biggest piece of land I've ever seen. The overseer took me by the chains and then I thought the worst, but he simply took them off me. My new "master" said to the overseer "go now and get these boy's some food to eat." When we ended the horrific journey over the Mississippi I was relieved When we got to the farm and I heard that were going to get fed I couldn't believe it. . . Maybe this master is better than master Clay?
3: I got whipped by the overseer and he also cut my back with the whip.. When my back got cut the blood that came out got stuck on the back of my shirt and it was very discomforting. After two weeks we were sent out at the break of dawn to do work until the sun went down. My job was to hoe the dirt to the flower beds. I hate the overseer, I wonder if he does that to everyone, suck them in with his charm and then practically spit in there faces.. When I got whipped I wanted to cry but I had to keep going because iI knew that it would just make things worse. The blood on my shirt got stuck to my back and the hot sun just made matters worse. iI could see the overseer looking at me very attentively, and just waiting for me to slow down once again so he could take another huge crack at me with the whip.
4: When I asked Mr. Ridgely about the runaway he told me that he has been missing for a few weeks and he might be some where in Philadelphia. Mr. Ridgely said that he would pay my expenses while i was out of town. I have to be careful in Philadelphia because there are many abolitionists there and the might try to hurt me. He also said that Henry Jones might be staying with abolitionists there because of the under ground railroad. I'm very excited to set off on my journey to the city of Philadelphia.
5: My informant told me that he was staying with abolitionists and, he also said that they would be coming out at night and they will be heading to the underground rail road. He also said that it would be to risky to go by my self and that someone would have to come with me. When i saw the man Henry Jones i decided to go in and confront him, but to my surprise he was not the one i was looking for. They called out and a mob of abolitionists to come and chase me down the road and i ran so fast that i could not breath after.