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If you followed your conscience and aided Celia, you risked imprisonment for 6 months and a $1000.00 fine.  Keeping in mind that the average wage was around $10.00 a month, itís pretty easy to see why few people were willing to risk aiding an escaped slave and no escaping slave dared trust anyone.

In modern times, a fine of $1000.00 in 1853 is equal to approximately $29,500.00 in todayís economy! 

In "A Promise Moon," I tell the true story of the Underground Railroad. Most escapees received little or no help until already free, or upon reaching the North.

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A research grant to study slavery and the Underground Railroad in Kentucky inspired, "A Promise Moon." I alluded to, or drew inspiration from my findings as I wrote my latest novel which is set during the Civil War. RESEARCH FINDINGS

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