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Canada and the Underground Railroad

Two men walking 500 miles of the Underground Railroad from Northern Kentucky to North Buxton, Ontario from June to Labor Day weekend, 2006.


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Resource: Genealogy Today
Prepared by: E. B. Lapointe
Word Count: 231 (approx.)
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Reporter Chris Lackner—along with photographer Malcolm Taylor—is walking 500 miles of the Underground Railroad from Northern Kentucky to North Buxton, Ontario from June to the Labor Day weekend, September 4th, 2006.

In his "Tracks To Freedom: Canada and the Underground Railroad", Lackner is walking through 400 years of history and is doing it by reporting to his home newspaper, the Ottawa Citizen by means of a daily blog, updated several times a day, at the stops he makes along the way. There are interactive maps of his journey, as well as biographies of key historical people, such as Frederick Douglass, John Brown, Sojourner Truth, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.

As well, there are videos, a photo album, and a slavery timeline - an interactive chronology of slavery in the United States from the 1600s to 1964, when Congress passed the Civil Rights Act.

As of the first of July—Canada's birthday—Lackner has reached the 100 mile mark in his journey. He was in Williamsburg, just outside of Cincinnati, and has encountered hot, humid weather along the way.

He writes in his blog that "the fatigue and oppressing heat has taken their toll" on his young body, but his spirit is still there as he walks toward the Northern Star, as Martin Luther King, Jr. called it.

You can follow him as he walks the Underground Railroad on the Internet. He can be reached through email at

Source Information: Genealogy Today, New Providence, NJ, USA: Genealogy Today LLC, 2006.

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