Essay on African American and John w. Jones

Submitted By mysteryman321
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There are several important African American events throughout history that are our nation’s heroes for saving the slaved people. On 1818 letter from “Judex” warns that teaching slaves to read and write was illegal, also Slaves John W. Jones and his half-brother escape to New York, and on 1866 Black trustees for “the Colored people of Waterford and vicinity. Slave John W. Jones and his half-brother, George Jones, assisted some 800 slaves to escape Canada; this was a very dangerous and risky mission to accomplish. First of all, a letter from “Judex”, a court arbitrator, in Leesburg’s Genius of Liberty, warns that teaching slaves to read and write is illegal. “Negroes, teachers and justices look to it; the order of society must prevail over the notions of individuals.” Many slaves were uneducated and didn’t have approval of the letter. Although, there was nothing they can do because ‘Judex” didn’t care about the slaves. “Judex” believed the slaves were worthless, so the slaves got treated worst and worst. Slaves, also, had more work to do after the letter was received. “Judex” wasn’t a good man, people believe he may be a dictator to the slaves in Leesburg’s. Secondly, slaves John W. Jones and George Jones escaped to Elmira, New York. They escaped plenty of slaves and reunited families. The completion of the Northern Central Railway after 1850 further escalated Elmira's contribution to the Underground Railroad. The new railway allowed slaves to hide in baggage cars, making their journey quicker and easier. Jones became an active agent in the Underground Railroad in 1851. By 1860, Jones aided in the escape of 860 runaways. He usually received the fugitives in parties of six to ten, but there were times he found shelter for up to 30 men, women, and children a night. It is believed Jones sheltered many in his own home behind First Baptist Church. Of those 860, none were captured or returned to the South. These men, John W. Jones and George Jones, were brave men and they are heroes. Third of all, in 1866 Black trustees for “the Colored people of Waterford and vicinity” buy the first land for school for blacks, here’s the history of this school. The one-room Second Street School was built in 1867 to…