Slave’s Letter Reveals Pace of Freedom

Your Take: Annie Davis' plea speaks volumes on the 150th birthday of the Emancipation Proclamation.

Annie Davis' letter (courtesy of the National Archives)

I’ll wonder … and I’ll be grateful to Annie and all the ancestors whose “desire to be free” was stronger than any force they faced.

Author and journalist A’Lelia Bundles ( is the chair and president of the board of directors of the Foundation for the National Archives.