On June 4, 1844, John W. Jones and four of his companions headed north. They were fugitive slaves who escaped bondage in Leesburg, Virginia.
300 Miles to Freedom chronicles John W Jones' journey to freedom on the Underground Railroad and his remarkable life as a free man in Elmira, New York.
When John arrived in Elmira, he was a twenty-seven-year-old illiterate with $1.46 in his pocket. He died in 1900, a wealthy, literate, respected member of the community.