Horace King: Bridges to Freedom by Faye Gibbons is a compelling biography of nineteenth-century master bridge builder Horace King. A former enslaved man who worked to buy his own freedom, King was remarkable among men of all races and all times for his ingenuity, craftsmanship, integrity, and powerful drive to succeed. His relationship with his own former enslaver, John Godwin, was such that, when Godwin died penniless, King purchased the headstone for his grave. Some of the bridges King built still stand today in the South and are part of the testament left behind by this great man who rose from humble beginnings to serve as a community visionary, respected civil servant, and builder of bridges in his life and his work.
This work is intended for ages 9-12.