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The Story of John Cole

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Early Life

Family

EscapePlan

RunningAway

Conclusion

Early Life

John Cole was born into slavery and stayed in the same farm in Kentucky when growing up. Ever since he could remember, he had the job of the carpender. All day he had to work on chopping and cutting wood, without any break. His mother eventually got sold off, and this very much impacted younger John. At 27 he got into an accident in which an axe was swung at his face by a fellow slave, leaving a scar near his right eye. He often said that he would never forget all of the difficult situations he went through. John was quite smart and understood the unfair treatment of him.

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Family

John Cole had a mother and father as well as a sister living on the same farm as he did for most of the time he was there. His mother eventually got sold and left the farm, which was very hard on the family. John considered himself to have been a lot like the other people on the plantation being average height and looks. Eventually John married Martha, a housekeeper at the farm, and eventually had three children. He loved his wife and kids very much even through all of the hardships and work they all had to do.

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Escape Plan

Through all of the countless houring of working without any rest, he knew that it would be the best for him to escape and start a new life. It was very difficult for him to make a plan, of course, because of all of the family he would have to leave behind. Still, he knew that he couldn't endure the pain he was going through any longer and started to come up with a plan to escape. During his long time on the farm, he had met a white man named Charles who was secretly letting slaves escape from the farm. John eventually explained to him that during the night he would run away to Ohio and start a new life.

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Running Away

On the night of June 7th, John made his escape with Charles. He ran out of the farm and met up with the other person. Charles usually simply gives slaves food and water and guides them on their way when escaping. However, this time a guard of the plantation saw both of them and started running after them. Both John and Charles ended up having to run away to southern Ohio, where Charles would eventually leave to help ither slaves escape. John was rejoiced that he was able to start a new life and get away from the farm. He did also miss his family very much and suggested for Charles to try to have his wife and kids escape as well.

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Conclusion

John ended up avoiding recapture and stayed in Ohio for the rest of his life. He worked a lot for the underground railroad along with other abolitionists. Charles eventually was able to bring some of his family over to him including his wife and one of his kids. He would end up having one more kid and lived the rest of his life free from capture. The story of John Cole illustrates what slaves went through at farms as well as how many were able to escape. It is very inspiring to see someone treated so poorly to be able to create a new life.

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