Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Samuel Ringgold Ward

Maryland History

Samuel Ringgold Ward was born a slave in Maryland on October 17, 1817. In 1820, The Ward family escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad when Ward was around 3 years old. They eventually made it to New York where the young Samuel would attend school. Although he was too young to remember the brutality of Slavery, Samuel Ringgold Ward went on to become one of Slavery’s most eloquent orators. In 1839 Samuel became an agent for the American Anti-Slavery Society. His work also took him to Canada and Britain. Ward’s abolitionist work would continue throughout his life. He eventually retired in Jamaica where he died in 1866.

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oronde ash said...

in 1996, a college educated friend asked me where are the BRAVEHEARTS in black history. we'd just been wowed by mel gibson's movie. it took me a while to understand that our bravehearts were ordinary men and women who decided to live their life. no fanfare. no glory. our bravehearts are those who decide to tell the tales of those ordinary men and women. thank you, sir.

i'd love your opinion on the links above.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the info.! I went to the African-American History museum in Baltimore and I loved it! Have you been there? Of course you have! :)

Stephen A. Bess said...

thank you, sir. I happy that you can appreciate this. I'll go see the video. Thanks again.

*shame* No, I haven't been there yet. I've been to the Blacks in Wax. I'll put that on my schedule before the New Year. :)

Tafari said...

Thx for the morsel of knowledge!


Stephen A. Bess said...

What's up. You're welcome and thanks for stopping through. Peace~

Geoffrey Philp said...

Thanks for teaching me about this, Stephen!


Stephen A. Bess said...

Yes, sir. Thank you for stopping in. :)

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

Ever thought of compiling a book with all the heroes and heroines, with photos and anecdotes and so on, Stephen?

Rethabile said...

I'm happy you mention this, because I've always thought Stephen would do a great job on something like that.

Thanks for sharing the knowledge...

Stephen A. Bess said...

GG and Rethabile-
My problem is I'm always thinking. I need to do more than just think. :)

Nevertheless, thank you for your support.

neena maiya (guyana gyal) said...

See, Rethabile agrees. Well Stephen, the blog is a great place to start, you can write your material here, then later gather it all into a book.

Stephen A. Bess said...

That's an idea. It would be great. I have a book in my plans. I'm gathering the material now (poetry and essay). Thanks for the support.

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