Slavery frustrated and drained Kessie so much that she asked God to take her life away.
She had been dragged from her homeland of Africa, brought to America on a ship and forced into life as a slave. Through the process, she was separated from her family and doubted if she would ever see them again.
Kessie's frequent loud calls to God and emotional hymns represented the pain she had been feeling for a long time.
She and other slaves were often whipped by their masters, leaving blood running from their backs and mouths. She wondered if life could get any worse.