In honor of the King Day of Service, I want to recognize an individual forgotten by history.
Google his name and you won't find it.
The Reverend Tabes Gross lived in the 1850s, and was an American slave for 34 years.
He was able to get a temporary leave from his owner to go to California and work.
To get to the 2,000+ miles to the "Golden State" from Kentucky, it was reported that Tabes did lots of walking.
After spending two-and-a-half years laboring there, he returned to Kentucky--having earned enough money to purchase his freedom as well as that of his wife and children.
Not content, the "freedman"began working to raise money for his friend, Lewis Smith.
Smith's family was also being held in slavery.
The old article from a Louisville newspaper ends there and it is unknown whether Gross succeeded.
A determined man like that?
My money would be on him.
Here's to Mr. Gross and all of those forgotten men and women who have given so much in service to others.
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