Summary: My great grandfather finds a way to get an education in spite of the laws against teaching slaves how to read and write.
Hi. My name is Madison Ellis Walker. The “ Madison ” in the title refers to my great grandfather, Madison Ellis Neal. How he learned to read and write has been passed on down from generation to generation within my mother’s family. The story takes place on a plantation in South Boston , Virginia . The time is 1856. If you guessed that Madison was a slave, you’d only be half right. His father was the “ Massa ” of the plantation and his mother was owned by Massa .