By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Tells the tale of a tender girl's dramatic get away from slavery through the Underground Railroad, from the point of view of her cherished rag doll.
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Then I’m fallin’, fallin’ till I hit that dirt floor. Lindy calls my name. The silver-haired woman is closin’ up the floor. Lindy! Wait! But she can’t hear me, ‘cause I ain’t got no voice. The boards shut out the light. When the floorboards open again, sunlight shines in. The silver-haired woman comes down the ladder. “There you are,” she says, pickin’ me up. ” She straightens my dress. ” She sets me on a blanket and tucks it ‘round me. “Sleep tight,” she says, and carries the lantern and privy bucket up the ladder.
Her mama nods, and Willa hugs me so hard I think my insides’ll bust out my seams. Two men come down the ladder. They talk about goin’ North to Freedom, their faces serious in the lamp light. When they settle in for sleepin’, Willa holds me in her arms and whispers, “Your name Belinda. ” Belinda. I like that. Sounds like Lindy. My face don’t change, but I smiles inside, rememberin’ the cracklin’ of the straw mattress when Lindy’d roll over me in her sleep. I sure do miss her, but I’s mighty glad to be Willa’s doll baby.
The majority of the dolls were entirely handmade from scrap cloth,” my husband read from the museum guidebook. ” Yes, I thought, if only those dolls could talk. The Girard Collection, Case 8-12, Multiple Visions Exhibition,The Museum of International Folk Art (a unit of the Museum of New Mexico, Santa Fe) The Underground Railroad was most active between 1830 and the beginning of the Civil War in 1861. This was not a real railroad with trains that traveled beneath the earth. It was a secret network of courageous people, black and white, who worked together to help slaves steal away to freedom in northern and western states and to Canada.
Almost to Freedom (Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book) by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson