The Underground Railroad eBook

William Still
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reported as having made an incendiary speech and arrested, cruelly scourged, and then brutally hung.  Poor child! she had been a faithful servant—­her master tried to save her, but the tide of fury swept away his efforts. * * * Oh, friend, perhaps, sometimes your heart would ache, if you were only here and heard of the wrongs and abuses to which these people have been subjected. * * * Things, I believe, are a little more hopeful; at least, I believe, some of the colored people are getting better contracts, and, I understand, that there’s less murdering.  While I am writing, a colored man stands here, with a tale of wrong—­he has worked a whole year, year before last, and now he has been put off with fifteen bushels of corn and his food; yesterday he went to see about getting his money, and the person to whom he went, threatened to kick him off, and accused him of stealing.  I don’t know how the colored man will vote, but perhaps many of them will be intimidated at the polls.”

From a letter dated Cheraw, June 17th, 1867, the following remarks are taken: 

“Well, Carolina is an interesting place.  There is not a state in the Union I prefer to Carolina.  Kinder, more hospitable, warmer-hearted people perhaps you will not find anywhere.  I have been to Georgia; but Carolina is my preference. * * The South is to be a great theatre for the colored man’s development and progress.  There is brain-power here.  If any doubt it, let him come into our schools, or even converse with some of our Freedmen either in their homes or by the way-side.”

A few days later she gave an account of a visit she had just made in Florence, where our poor soldiers had been prisoners; saw some of the huts where they were exposed to rain and heat and cold with only the temporary shelter they made for themselves, which was a sad sight.  Then she visited the grave-yards of some thousands of Union soldiers.  Here in “eastern South Carolina” she was in “one of the worst parts of the State” in the days of Slavery; but under the new order of things, instead of the lash, she saw school books, and over the ruins of slavery, education and free speech springing up, at which she was moved to exclaim, “Thank God for the wonderful change!  I have lectured several nights this week, and the weather is quite warm; but I do like South Carolina.  No state in the Union as far as colored people are concerned, do I like better—­the land of warm welcomes and friendly hearts.  God bless her and give her great peace!”

At a later period she visited Charleston and Columbia, and was well received in both places.  She spoke a number of times in the different Freedmen schools and the colored churches in Charleston, once in the Legislative Hall, and also in one of the colored churches in Columbia.  She received special encouragement and kindness from Hon. H. Cadoza, Secretary of State, and his family, and regarded him as a wise and upright leader of his race in that state.

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