Hammering for Freedom
, by Rita Lorraine Hubbard, Illustrated by John Holyfield
Lee & Low, 2018
Born into slavery, William Lewis grew up determined to set himself and his family free. Trained as a blacksmith, he accomplished his goal, despite an entire legal and social system stacked against him. The names and accomplishments of most people kept in bondage in America have been lost forever. Preserving and celebrating the stories of triumph we have is vital to our journey toward a more equal society.