On a warm summer day, Mary walked to her friend Jill’s house to see if she could play.
When she was almost there, she saw Jill’s mother sneaking slaves into their basement.
After the basement door closed, she knocked on the front door.
Jill answered , “Hi, come in, I just baked cookies. Take one and then we can go to my room.”
Mary took a cookie, then they headed to Jill’s room.
Mary asked, “Why was your mom bringing slaves into your basement?”
“Well, I will tell you. You must keep it a secret. Can you?” Jill asked.
” My family provides safety for escaping slaves by giving them a place to hide” Jill explained.
“Can I meet them?” Mary asked.
“Sure!” Jill exclaimed, then they headed to the basement.
“This is Jane. She is six years old. This is her dad Max and her mother Harriet” Jill said.
“Hello” Mary said cheerfully.
“Hello” Jane replied softly, then Mary and Jill left.
” Is there a way I can help?” Mary asked once they were upstairs.
” Bringing food would help” Jill replied.
“I will come once a week with food ” Mary said as she went to leave.
“Bye ” Jill said. When Mary got home, she remembered that she forgot her bracelet at Jill’s house. She grabbed an old doll and then told her mom that she was going to get her bracelet. On the way to Jill ‘s house, she overheard some slave catchers talking about suspecting that Jill ‘s family was helping slaves. Mary started off to Jill ‘s house again. Once she knew they could not
see her, she ran. After getting there, she told Jill’s family. She gave the doll to Jane and Jill’s Dad moved the slave family to keep them safe.