“There is no easy walk to freedom anywhere, and many of us will have to pass through the valley of the shadow of death again and again before we reach the mountaintop of our desires.”
The Trans-Siberian railway, the Orient Express and the Rocky Mountaineer are some of the world’s great railway journeys. But what about the Freedom Trail?
Conductors guide you along the tracks with the other freight. Every so often there is a stop at a station where the station master, whose priority, much like a flight attendant, is your safety. Then you continue along following the drinking gourd (North Star) to your destination: freedom.
The Underground Railroad is a term for the secret series of passages that refugee slaves took in their bid to find freedom in some of the northern States and Canada. The use of rail terminology helped to ensure the secrecy of this network. Other important aspects to this covert operation were the Abolitionists (‘conductors’) who helped them (‘freight’) and provided safe houses (‘stations’) along the way. Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and Harriet Tubman, a former slave, are synonymous with the Underground Railroad.
Here are just a few of the tours that lead you through what is known of the experience along the Freedom Trail.
- The U.S.
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