‘Conway seemed ready to have his worldview deconstructed.’

Free agent: Dana Littlepage Smith takes a lesson in allyship from one of her ancestors

‘Perhaps Conway just learned that the freedom of all humans was inextricably bound with his own.’ | Photo: Moncure Conway / Black Lives Matter banner

One night in 1862, Moncure Conway was walking along the Potomac River. He was looking for several dozen men, women and children who had been enslaved by his father. He knew they were hiding in Georgetown after fleeing Virginia.

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