Books, Free To Stay: The true story of Eliza Benson and the family she stood by for three generations
Marse Bradford Harrison, of St. Michaels, Maryland, gave four-year old Eliza Ann Benson (1836-1921) to his new born daughter, Braddie, in 1841. Eliza would be a friend and a slave to her infant owner in Harrison’s way of thinking. But a friendship began and a promise was made.
Eliza stayed with Braddie through Braddie’s married life, which included the War Between the States and its aftermath. And when Braddie and her husband died leaving a family full of children and no one to rear them, there was one more promise that Eliza wanted to keep.
Eliza’s down-home philosophy, loyalty, fortitude and love positively impacted Miss Braddie and three generations thereafter.