At the entrance to the Church of the Holy Redeemer, Paul D sips from a liquor bottle and contemplates the crusty exterior that once protected his heart from vulnerability. He relives the demise of Sweet Home, the slave haven that crumbled rapidly after Garner's death. Because Paul D and the other slaves refused to believe Sixo's description of slavery in the outside world, Paul D found the truth the hard way — in the brutal Alfred, Georgia prison camp. The day the male slaves tried to escape from Sweet Home, Sixo was supposed to meet his lover, the Thirty-Mile Woman, and Halle was supposed to bring along his wife and three children. The black female Underground Railroad agent, hidden in the corn, promised to remain a night and half a day and to "rattle" to identify her whereabouts.
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