A freed slave works way to gold fields and riches

With the movie 12 Years a Slave winning the Best Picture Academy Award last week, perhaps it is appropriate to tell another true story of a free black person in the 19th century, Clara Brown.
Illiterate, she didn’t write her own story as Solomon Northrup did. No one knows what happened to Northrup following the regaining of his freedom after twelve years, but “Aunt” Clara’s 85 years of life are generally known.


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