Monday, May 23, 2011

The Road to Freedom

Independent Scholar Eleanor Strang will visit the library on Wednesday, June 1, at 7 pm for an illustrated lecture on The Underground Railroad. This topic has interested Strang for a long time. After her retirement as Director of Salem's Kelley Library, she immersed herself in the subject, with the goal of presenting lectures at libraries and historical societies. Now she's bringing her program to Merrimack.

The informal network of safe houses and clandestine travel routes by which runaway slaves made their journey to the north was known as The Underground Railroad. It operated in the early to mid-19th century, and many well-known people such as Harriet Tubman, William Lloyd Garrison, and John Brown were "conductors" who led the runaways to safety, “stationmasters” who sheltered the fugitives or “stockholders” who provided financial support.

The program is free and open to adults and teens. Seating is limited and reservations are recommended. Click here to register, call 424-5021, or email.

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