- Mar 7, 2009
Article from today's Smithsonian Magazine online which includes the short video:"William and Ellen were born into slavery in Georgia in the mid-1820s. According to the New Georgia Encyclopedia, Ellen was the daughter of an enslaved African American woman and her white enslaver. Ellen’s physical appearance allowed her to pass as white.
“'They thought of a scheme whereby she would change gender, race and class,' says Evans in the documentary. 'She would dress up in a man’s outfit—top hat, coat—and he would be her manservant.'”
"A new short film from SCAD chronicles the lives of Ellen and William Craft, who disguised themselves to find freedom in 1848"