Black History Month 2019

James Hale Shares the Long Road to Freedom
James HaleJames Hale, a descendent of the Polley family, spoke to the Alternative School.  It was fitting for the visit to occur in February - Black History Month - as his family's story is famous for its impact in the United States' view of slavery.  The case directly related to the 14th Amendment to the Constitution. 

Mr. Hale explained that the story began when people became interested in ending slavery in the 1830s.  In 1837 Polley determined that his slaves be set free when he died.  It was put into his will.  After their emancipation, Douglas and Peyton Polley worked to purchase the freedom of their families.  They moved to Ohio-a free state-and were quickly kidnapped and resold.  This began the longest slave trial in the history of the United States. 

Mr. Hale spoke plainly with the students.  He explained that you "get what you work for."  He explained the value of each day.  He encouraged the students to make good choices.  He even donated his book, The Long Road to Freedom, to the Alternative School library. 

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