19th Century, Culture, History, Intercession, Jesus, justice, Minnesota

Rebuffing Slavery 1860  

Eliza Winston

Eliza Winston, nanny,  circa 1860

Slave Eliza Winston accompanies a Mississippi family to Minneapolis. When free blacks and white abolitionists learn that Eliza wants her freedom, they complain to a judge who orders her freed.

Some pro-slavery people become angry at the court’s decision; Eliza is sent to Canada for her safety.*

Thank you for Eliza Winston, and that You had a purpose in her trip to Minneapolis long before she knew about it. Thank you for Your awareness of every pain, and every tragedy she experienced on her pathway to freedom. Thank you that spoke through the Apostle Paul in favor of the freeing the slave Onesimus, and therefore, it can be assured that freeing Eliza was so dear to Your heart!

Jesus, I know so little of this case, and I appeal to You to fill the blanks. Will You forgive the hostility Eliza received from her detractors here, in the state of Mississippi, and perhaps from the Minnesota’s Courts? Will You forgive those who harbored hostility towards her despite the legal decision in her favor?

G-d, I see the exposed roots of ethnocentrism and racism. Will You dry up these bad roots in Minnesota, and bless the heritage of Eliza Winston? Will You free her heritage from counter judgments of our legal system, or any who would diminish a person’s value based on skin color? Will You shield us from making bad decisions today because we are the object of wrath and anger?

*P.T.H. cites timeline formerly at this URL: mnhs.org/about/dipity_timeline.htm
The Minnesota Historical Society Web site, http://www.mnhs.org , is fantastic! Check it out!



10 thoughts on “Rebuffing Slavery 1860  

    • Agreed! I mostly think in terms of specifically and historically acknowledging separation from G-d: a. Because it’s a principle He set. b. Because present day conflicts have their roots in the unresolved past of our culture. c.not asking forgiveness for the dead, but for the continuation of a broken heritage.

      • That is how I guessed Jewish…in actuality it was YHWH I believe, leaving out the vowels. God is more or less like a title, JEHOVAH-YHWH more of His name. Which really isn’t a personal name, but more like a title…sounds confusing huh? His name is: “I AM THAT I AM” but this isn’t a name, but a title. Like -JEHOVAH Nissi = The LORD our Banner, -JEHOVAH Rapha = The LORD our Healer, JEHOVAH Shalom = The LORD our Peace, ELOHIM = The Mighty GOD, RAPHA-el ( Raphael) = GOD is a Mighty Healer, Gabri-el (Gabriel) = GOD is a Mighty Messenger, and so on! 🙂

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