Written by Don Tate
Illustrated by Don Tate
Despite being a slave, George Moses Horton taught himself to read as a boy. Horton loved words and was drawn to the lyrical sound of poetry.
Horton regularly walked 8 miles to the University of North Carolina to sell fruit for his master. He became known as the slave poet and attracted the attention of many of the students and faculty. In fact, he began composing and selling poems to the students.
The slave poet became published, yet, he still was not free. Although he finally gained his freedom at the age of 66, “words loosened the chains of bondage long before his last day as a slave.”
I really enjoyed this book. It highlights Horton’s desire to overcome and his determination to read, in spite of the laws that forbade him to.
Note: The book does show a non-graphic scene of a slave rebellion.