Thursday, October 16, 2003

Underground Railroad alive at Sawyer Town

For the kids

If you want your kids to have a true understanding of the Underground Railroad, take them to Sawyer Town at Sawyer Point to watch the Indianapolis-based Freedom Train Storytellers give a "first-person" account of slaves' journeys to the North.

"Along Jordan's Path" examines the black experience in the steamboat era along the nation's inland waterways, and the roles of slaves in building, working on and escaping slavery via the steamboat.

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Tall Stacks section

The name "Along Jordan's Path" refers to the biblical River Jordan, symbolizing the Ohio River where fugitive slaves knew that if they successfully crossed, they would be free.

Dressed in authentic costumes, the storytellers relate the experiences of four African-Americans from 1812-1860:

• Charlotte Randall, an early resident of Cincinnati's "Bucktown," an African-American community where many runaway slaves were hidden.

• Vernea Mercer, who will talk about the slaves' experiences on steamboats.

• Martin Delany, a soldier and abolitionist speaker, who will tell the tale of the "Black Brigade," in the Civil War.

• George Washington Williams, a Civil War veteran who wrote the first comprehensive history of African-Americans.

"Along Jordan's Path" takes place continuously every day in Sawyer Town; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On stage at Sawyertown

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation Stage (Schott Amphitheatre)


9 a.m. - Seven Quilts for Seven Sisters, "A Day In The Life Of A Slave"

10:30 a.m. - Springdale Elementary, "Celebrate Tall Stacks"

11:15 a.m. - Clermont Northeastern, "Steamboat in a Cornfield"

Noon - School for Creative and Performing Arts

12:45 p.m. - Aurora Elementary presents "Architecture on the Ohio"

1:30 p.m. - Greendale Middle School presents "Tall Stacks Trivia"

2:15 p.m. - Riley School of Irish Music

3 p.m. - School for Creative and Performing Arts

4:15 p.m. - Nina Wagner's Jus' Kiddin' Trio

5 p.m. - Seven Quilts for Seven Sisters, "A Stitch In Time"

Linnea Eschenlohr

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