Fugitive Anne (Annotated)

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She asked why he was upset, and he told her that he wasn't sure if he was weak like his mother always called his father. She told him that everyone is weak at first, but they must learn to be themselves. James cried in front of her, and then, the next day, told his family that he was leaving to get a job on Cape Coast.

James got a job working for an old, Scottish doctor on Cape Coast.


The doctor told him stories about when his grandmother and grandfather were young; life in Africa had seemed mysterious and exciting to them. Then, one night a month later, the Asante attacked. James told the doctor to run, but he would not. James himself ran, soiling himself in fear and thinking about how the apothecary woman told him he would know what to do when the time came. He woke up in the forest with an Asante warrior standing near him.

The man recognized him as a relative of the late king. James asked if anyone knew he was alive and the warrior replied that everyone thought he was dead since an Asante warrior had hit him in the head with a rock. James told the warrior to tell everyone that he died in the attack. James set off on a long journey to Asanteland by foot. After 40 days, he reached Akosua, who was still waiting for him. Jo was living in Maryland, working on the boats in Fell's Point, specifically a boat called Alice.

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He had lived there ever since Ma Aku had gotten him out of slavery by crossing the border into the free state. Police often came around the boat, which still made Jo jumpy; on this particular day, he asked his friend Poot to cover for him and set off when he heard the police would be coming. Jo bought some pigs feet and helped a white woman who had almost been trampled by a horse. He continued on to the house where Ma Aku worked because he knew his wife Anna would be helping with the cleaning.

Thinking fondly of his young, pregnant wife, he bought a flower on his way. He had never truly experienced the south or slavery; the last name on his papers, like that of many black people who had escaped to the north, was Freeman. When he arrived, Jo gave his wife the flower, talked with her briefly, and then sent her back inside with a squeeze on the butt. He thought about how it was her butt that first attracted him to her nineteen years before; he had followed her for four blocks.

When he caught up to her, they had walked together for a long ways, and he only found out later that she had gotten in trouble for not getting home on time. Ma Aku and Anna worked for a white family called the Mathisons, who liked their large house cleaned spotlessly. Mathison was an abolitionist, and that day as Jo helped with the cleaning, he heard Mr. Mathison talking with others about emancipation and southern secession.

They had taken to calling the baby that Anna was currently pregnant with by the letter " H. Agnes, his first child, was now old enough that she helped Ma Aku and Anna a lot with chores and childcare. After all the children had gone to sleep, Jo told Anna about the police coming around the boat again. Jo and Anna had sex passionately but quietly, as to not wake their children who were separated only by a curtain.

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The next day, Jo returned to Alice. He asked about the police coming by, and his friend Poot told him about what happened. Poot was a black man who had been born free in Baltimore, and he was a master with ships. After chatting, Jo got to work spreading hot pitch on the hull of the ship. When he finished that, he saw Anna standing on the dock, which was a rare occurrence. He could see from her demeanor that something was wrong, and she told him that Mr. Mathison said to come to the house.

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They were both nervous because Mr. Mathison had never asked to see Jo before. When they reached the house, Mr. Mathison welcomed Jo warmly.

He told Jo that a new law was being drafted that said law enforcement would be required to send any runaway slave found in the North back down south, no matter how long ago they escaped. He said that Anna and their children would still be safe, but Kojo and Ma Aku would be in danger. He suggested they move the entire family further north to New York or even Canada. Jo and Anna talked worriedly that night after the children were asleep. They knew that Ma Aku would never want to leave Baltimore.

Anna would be safe because she had real free papers; she had been fathered by a slave owner who set her mother and her free when she was young. They heard Beulah, their second child, whimpering and thrashing in her sleep due to night terrors. They decide to keep the family in Baltimore, especially since Anna was so far along in her pregnancy. In the coming days, people continued to whisper about the new law, and some black people started to head north; otherwise, life went on, with Baby H growing bigger and Agnes getting a job and then a fiance.

Her fiance's name was Timmy, and they had met through Agnes's job cleaning the Methodist church. They married on the day that the Fugitive Slave Act passed. A few weeks later, it was reported that a runaway black man named James Hamlet had been arrested in New York City.

There were rallies and protests throughout the North, and many white people joined in. Mathison reminded Jo to always carry his papers, and Jo and Anna started making their children practice how to show their papers to a policeman if they were ever stopped. Anna did not take it as seriously as Jo did, and once even left her papers at home, causing Jo to yell at her until she cried.


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Then, one day, Anna didn't come home after work. Ma Aku didn't know where she is, nor did the children, so Jo went out to ask anyone who she might have interacted with on her way home. When Jo went to Mr. Mathison, the white man told him to go home and that he would search for her.

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However, Jo could not stay still, so he went out looking as well. He found out that she left the Mathisons' at 6pm and wasn't seen after. Timmy drew up signs and they showed them throughout town. When Jo came to Alice with the sign, his friend Poot told him that he couldn't miss any more days or he would be fired. Jo did not listen, and he ran up to a white woman to ask if she had seen his wife.

The woman was scared of him and a police officer came over. The policeman talked roughly to Jo, threatening to send him back to the south, then sent him away. Three weeks later, Mr. Mathison brought a little black boy to Jo. The boy said that he saw a white man take a pregnant black woman in his carriage. Jo immediately thought that they had been sold into slavery, though Mr. Mathison says that the man could have been getting her medical help. Ma Ako let Jo hug her and cry like when he was a young child. She told him about the strength of his mother, but he told her that he regarded her as his mother.

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Ten years passed. Jo felt that his children could not stand to be around him because he had never been the same after losing his wife; he still saw her everywhere. Jo moved to New York and stopped working on ships even though he had been very skilled. He did whatever work he could get and spent a lot of his time at an all-black bar. One night at the bar, a man started talking about the war coming now that South Carolina had seceded.


Both Jo and the bartender did not pay the man much mind, since there had been talk of war for a long time. Abena was 25 and still unmarried, which in her village was seen as a big problem. Nobody wanted to marry her because they thought her father was unlucky, since his crops never grew.

Even her best friend from childhood, Ohene Nyarko , did not want her for a second wife. On this day, Abena was bringing back seeds for her father. When she gave him the seeds, she also asked him if she could go to Kumasi so that she could finally meet people from different villages and see the Asante king's palace.