Night Boat to Freedom

Twelve year old Christmas and his grandmother, Granny Judith, live in Kentucky as enslaved people. However, right across the river in Ohio, slavery has been banned. Granny Judith asks Christmas if he will row enslaved people to freedom across the river. Though he is terrified, Granny reassures him, "What scares the head is best done with the heart". Each time Christmas returns from the river, Granny Judith asks "what color is freedom tonight?" referring to the color of clothing his passenger wore. When it is time for Christmas to flee, she gives him the quilt she has made in the "colors of freedom" to wrap himself up on his journey. Honor Book for Younger Children, 2007.


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