Underground Railroad in Rockville

Ann Maria Weems

In Their Steps: Underground Railroad
October 25, 2017 7 pm
Rockville Memorial Library
Free
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Josiah Henson—Rockville native and the inspiration for the title character in Uncle Tom’s Cabin—risked all for freedom on the 19th century Underground Railroad. Learn about his life, and those of other local freedom fighters, such as Ann Maria Weems, who fled slavery in Rockville disguised as a boy. Hear the story of two sisters from a prominent Rockville family, who were divided on the issue of slavery, and exemplified the schisms amongst slaveholders that ignited the fiery Civil War.

Tony Cohen of the Menare Foundation will present an illustrated history of our local Underground Railroad, including documents, photos and artifacts related to slavery and escape in Rockville.

Sponsored by: Friends of the Library – Rockville Chapter

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