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Posted: September 01, 2010


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                             




BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 -or-



Underground Railroad stops existed throughout Northeast Ohio to provide runaway slaves with safe places to hide on their way to Canada. Although slavery was illegal in Ohio, some people still opposed the ending of slavery, and the journey to freedom was risky. By 1810, people here in Northeast Ohio began to help runaway slaves gain their true freedom.


Visitors to Cleveland Metroparks can actively participate in this heart-wrenching experience of escaping on the Underground Railroad in two programs this fall. The emotional hush that the runaway slaves experienced while traveling unfamiliar lands on dark, fall evenings, the degradation of being sold as chattel by lantern light, and the hopes of reaching the Promised Land are emotions that cannot be experienced through history books.


Two "Escape on the Underground Railroad" programs for the public are on Saturdays, October 2 and 9 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in Bedford Reservation.


Participants will experience history through live interaction with costumed staff and volunteers, demonstrating the frightening journey a runaway slave passing through the area would have gone through.


The "Escape on the Underground Railroad" program won the National Association for Interpretation's Region Four "Program of the Year" award in 1998, and the Friends of Freedom Society's award for promoting the Underground Railroad in 2003.


Due to the format and subject matter of the program, participants must be actively involved.


On October 2, participants, ages 15 and older, are welcomed to participate. If between the ages of 15 and 18, a parent or guardian must be present. On October 9, the program is for adults only.


Registration begins September 20. Space is limited.


For more information to make reservations, call 216-341-3152. Exact meeting location and additional program information will be given upon registration.


Experience the "Escape on the Underground Railroad" with Cleveland Metroparks - part of your life, naturally.


EDITOR’S NOTE: Media are invited to preview the program at the dress rehearsal at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 23 at Cleveland Metroparks Hemlock Creek Picnic Area in Bedford Reservation. For more information and to reserve a spot at the rehearsal, contact Bob Rotatori at 216-635-3263. Space is limited.