Ellen Craft (c.1826-1897), the daughter of a slave and her white master, became a leading abolitionist after she escaped from slavery. The very light-skinned Craft disguised herself as a white man and escaped with her husband who acted as her man-servant. In 1860, the couple published a book-length account of their experience called Running a Thousand Miles for Freedom.
Mixed Experience History Month is the annual blog post series created by The New York Times best-selling author Heidi Durrow celebrating the history of the Mixed experience. Established in 2007, Mixed Experience History Month is an effort to highlight the long history of folks and events involved in the Mixed experience. Please look for archived profiles of people, places and events of the Mixed experience every weekday of May at Lightskinned-ed Girl, the blog! Thanks for reading. And check out some of the previous year’s profiles: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014.