Staff Pick: Light in the Darkness

Staff Pick: Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

Risking a whipping if they are discovered, Rosa and her mama sneak away from their slave quarters during the night to a hidden location in a field where they learn to read and write in a pit school.

Rosa wants to learn her letters so she can read, but it is dangerous. If Master catches her, it is a whipping for sure- one lash for each letter. So her Mama takes her at night to pit school, a hole dug deep in the ground and covered with branches. There, a slave who knew how to read and write taught Rosa and her Mama. This is an interesting story about how slaves learned in secret.

Recommended by:  Karen Perry, Franklin Road Branch Library

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