• Day 18: Escape to Canada- Shadrach Minkins

    If you relied solely on what is being taught in schools about Black history or what you can easily find on the internet, you would think Sojourner Truth, Frederick Douglass, and Robert Smalls were the only “significant” escaped slaves.  Everyone who escaped and survived is significant but there was one who had an interesting story worthy of sharing. Shadrach Minkins was born into slavery in Norfolk Virginia around 1814 and had several owners between 1832 and 1849 before being sold to naval career officer John DeBree, where he worked as a house servant.  In 1850, Minkins made his escape from Norfolk to Boston which at the time, had become a…