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New Jersey Secretary of State retraces the legendary path of the Underground Railroad; Will make stop in Newark on October 11, 2002

2002-10-04

Please join the staff of The New Jersey Historical Society on October 11, 2002 in welcoming Secretary of State Regena Thomas to Newark during the last leg of her route along the first Harriet Tubman-William Still Underground Railroad Journey.

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on that day, Thomas will participate in various public ceremonies at Weequahic Park, Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, Krueger-Scott Mansion, St. James A.M.E. Church and Hawkins Street School. For exact times and location, please visit
www.state.nj.us/state/undergroundrailroad.

The journey, which retraces the 180-mile freedom network through New Jersey, celebrates the courage, cooperation and freedom that the Underground Railroad has come to symbolize. Thomas, who began her journey in Greenwich, Cumberland County on September 29, 2002, will end her 180-mile journey through New Jersey in Jersey City, Hudson County on October 13, 2002.

The walk is named after famed heroine Harriet Tubman of Maryland and Burlington County, NJ-native William Still. Still, who was a member of the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, established a network of safe houses, maintained contacts along routes from the upper South to Canada, and channeled runaways to operatives in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York. Dubbed the “Father of the Underground Railroad” by The New York Times, Still recorded his secret activities in the 1872 book “The Underground Railroad.”

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