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“On Freedom Road: Bicycle Explorations and Reckonings on the Underground Railroad” – book talk by author David Goodrich

March 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

“Over the course of four years, I rode my bicycle 3,000 miles east of the Mississippi to travel the routes of the Underground Railroad and delve into the history and stories in the places where they happened. The traces of the Underground Railroad hide in plain sight: a great church in Philadelphia; a humble old house backing up to the New Jersey Turnpike; an industrial outbuilding in Ohio. I followed the most famous of conductors, Harriet Tubman, from where she was enslaved in Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, all the way to her family sanctuary at a tiny chapel in Ontario, Canada. Travelling South, I rode from New Orleans, where the enslaved were bought and sold, through Mississippi and the heart of the Delta Blues. I wandered through the Borderland along the Ohio River, a kind of no-mans-land between North and South in the years before the Civil War. Here, slave hunters roamed both banks of the river, trying to catch people as they fled for freedom. I rode to Oberlin, Ohio, a town that staunchly defended freedom seekers, embodied in the life of Lewis Leary, who was lost in the fires of Harpers Ferry, but whose spirit was reborn in the Harlem Renaissance.

I hope that On Freedom Road will enable you to see familiar places—New York and Philadelphia, New Orleans and Buffalo—in a very different light: from the vantage point of desperate people seeking to outrun the reach of slavery.”  David Goodrich, Author

Join David Goodrich for his hybrid book talk to be held in-person at The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence located at 194 Livingston Avenue, Albany, NY 12210. For those unable to attend in-person, please use the following Zoom link below. Questions? Call 518-621-7793 or contact us via .

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Topic: “On Freedom Road”
Time: Mar 3, 2023 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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March 3
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Mary Liz Stewart


The Stephen and Harriet Myers Residence
194 Livingston Avenue
Albany, NY 12210 United States
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