In 1782, Flora, a free woman of color, was abducted with her two daughters, from her home in Southwick, Massachusetts and forced into slavery, first in New York and then later in the South. She never regained her freedom. However, 40 years later her daughters brought legal action to try and win the freedom that was their birthright. Despite their life-long legal struggle, it took the 15th amendment to the Constitution to bring them the freedom that had been stolen from them.
Read Patricia Odiorne’s article in Southwoods Magazine, “The Story of Flora”.