From the time the first Africans, men and women were placed in bondage they have tried to escape.  Whether they were aboard slave ships, or working as, field hands, skilled craftsmen, house servants, horse trainers or cooks...they risked everything to be free.  They suffered exposure to the elements.  They blazed trails across mountains and rivers, and through forests and swamps.  For the slaves who had the courage to run away, the dream of freedom was more powerful than the suffering they were subjected to.  Listen to a dramatic, heart-rending chronicle that underscores both the horros of slavery and the enormous courage of many individuals.






These stories are about the people who traveled to freedom on the Underground Railway, and the ingenious methods which they used to obtain their freedom. 

Gwen takes us along on the dangerous journey made by runaway slaves headed north to Canada. We also hear about the people that aided them on their journey.   This   presentation is suitable for audiences Grade 4 to adult. 


Historical Interpretation:
 
Every character needs a history, a personality and a perspective.  There are two kinds of characters:  factual, an individual who once actually existed, or fictional composite, a representative based on selected biographical, cultural, occupational, and other characteristics of real people.


Nineteen-thirteen, forty-eight years since slavery became illegal in the United States, fifty years, since President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation, abolishing slavery in the confederate states.  It is the year Melvina Hardin, has traveled from Nacimiento, Mexico, to reunite with her son and old friend, Jacob Townsend.  However, a bevy of reporters and the curious have gathered to asking questions.
 
This character is a composite taken from researched historical documents.



One day, in 1849, secretly, Brown had a box of his own design made.  It was two feet eight inches deep, two feet wide, and three feet long.  The box was lined with soft yet sturdy felt-like fabric.  Henry was nailed in the box and shipped from Richmond, Virginia to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a box ride of some twenty-six hours.