Passenger on the Pearl: The True Story of Emily Edmonson’s Flight from Slavery

Written by Winifred Conkling

In 1848, thirteen-year-old Emily Edmonson, five of her siblings, and seventy other enslaved people boarded the Pearl under cover of night in Washington, D.C., hoping to sail north to freedom. Within a day, the schooner was captured, and the Edmonsons were sent to New Orleans to be sold into even crueler conditions. Through Emily Edmonson’s journey from enslaved person to teacher at a school for African American young women, Conkling illuminates the daily lives of enslaved people, the often changing laws affecting them, and the high cost of a failed escape.

Age Range 12 - 15 years
Copyright Year
Page Count
Algonquin Young Readers
Grade Level 7th - 10th