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A MILESTONE OF PROGRESS

FROM The Freedmen's Record, December 1865, p. 199-200.


WE have before referred to Mrs. Harriet Jacobs, whose autobiography is well known under the title of "Linda." For the last three years she has been working among the freedmen of Alexandria, having established a school there whose teachers have been supplied by this society. The people at Alexandria are now so far advanced towards education and self-support, that she feels justified in leaving them, that she may carry the blessings of her influence to those more in need. She has lately paid a visit to her early home in Edenton, N. C., where her years of slavery were passed. All was changed; only a few old people remembered "the chile who had been gone so long." But she looked up to her old prison-house, and thanked God for the deliverance vouchsafed her that she might lead her people, and felt that she would willingly bear seven years more of such misery, for such recompense. The son of her old master came to see her. He has lost all his property, and professes to have been all through the war a good Union man, and a great friend of the negro. He asks the influence of his former slave to procure him an office under the Freedmen's Bureau. We have seen a set of German pictures, called "The World Turned Upside Down." We think this incident would add another scene to the series.

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