By the early 1800's Slavery in America seemed to have its friends and its foes. But those who despised the idea of Slavery, mainly the Quakers, started setting up Abolition groups that "laid the groundwork for routes and shelters for escapees."
In the States, some good Civilians were taking it upon themselves to do the same thing that Wilberforce in Europe had done, by get sneaky to save lives.
During the time of the Underground Railroad in the U.S., houses were set up to assist in some Runaway Slaves.
Some blessed Communities were gathered and supported the freeing of Slaves, by working hard together and trusting each other with their very lives.
Blankets with secret messages revealed by certain patterns of patchwork, were hung on clothing lines as signals of where to go next, to those who were fleeing.
As you can see in this quilt from this time period, the center quilt patchwork is a signal to Runaway Slaves that they have reached a safe house.
These blankets would have been hung outside, for the traveling Slaves to see.
Times of desperation led the brave souls to sacrifice themselves for those who should have been Free.
There started to gather in America a group of Citizens that devoted themselves to helping the Slaves become liberated.
It was these groups of devoted Citizens that made the difference to many lives. Those who decided they would not sit back and allow the Slavery continue with Human Life.
Slavery was finally Abolished in the U.S. in 1865...
But with the Abolition of Slavery successful, it only took a couple hundred more years for Slavery to reinvent itself among us today.
With Travel more easily reliable and quicker, so is the Trafficking that happens among us in our Modern World.
I know that Slavery is a hard issue. But turning away from the problem at hand, isn't the answer. Instead, we must take this issue head on. And not stop, until we have freed every last Slave.
Just as in the days of the original Underground Railroad, we need to join with other brave souls to help those who can not help themselves.
These are times of desperation and we need brave souls to sacrifice themselves for those who should be Free today.
We need to start gathering in America, a group of Citizens that will devote themselves to helping the Slaves become liberated.