A Forgotten Name in Service

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.

15 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Sounds like a determined guy indeed, bet he freed them as well.

Midlife Roadtripper said...

We need to be thankful for people such as this man. Helps to keep our world balanced. Would be nice to tilt in his direction much more, though.

Stephanie Faris said...

I believe he succeeded in everything he chose to do. I love stories of perseverance!

messymimi said...

My bet is on him to succeed, and then some! We need more people determined to do good in the world, no matter how long they have to work for it.

Stephanie said...

I can't imagine the bravery and determination of that man.

One A Day Tech said...

That is determination at it's finest, life and freedom over $

Brian Miller said...

i will def toast to and remember those forgotten in our history...def sounds like a determined man...and an interesting story...

ladyfi said...

He sounds like a forgotten hero!

Maxi said...

Incredible story, SD.
blessings ~ maxi

Unknown said...

What an amazing story -- I'm so happy you shared it with us! I'm sure there were plenty of stories like this that we've never heard of ... which was one reason I was so fascinated by the movie, "12 Years a Slave" -- it just makes history come alive, even when you wish it were just an awful myth!

Tara said...

It's such a shame this history was lost. I'd love to know more about him and his efforts. I'm with you--I bet he succeeded.

lisa said...

So many stories like this are overlooked. They are personal victories and helped pave the way for people like MLK.

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Carol Kilgore said...

Touching tribute.

Secret Agent Woman said...

That's wonderful to read.