Runaway Slaves Reaching Safety in Canada… A Secret Symbol for Loved Ones

It was an amazing ordeal to escape a Southern plantation and make it to a free state or into Canada. Once in Canada the Slaves who reached freedom would send letters to their loved ones in the states via the administrators of the UGRR. A common practice was to enclose in the letter, something very small, like a thread. This thread was a “token” sign between loved ones that they had genuinely reached safety in Canada.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry and the Civil War Era Historic Romance, Black Pansy. Available here:


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Suellen Ocean

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University, Suellen Ocean does her writing from the hills of Northern California. She began writing professionally for print and radio broadcasting in the late 1980's. Her first self-published book led to her becoming "officially" published, when in 1998 she was asked to participate in the anthology, "The Simple Life" through Berkley Books, New York. She is the author of sixteen books on diverse subjects.

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