Here’s the first picture shared from last night’s Frankford Underground Railroad Lantern Parade. It was lovely seeing the lantern lights bopping down the oldest road in the U.S., Kings Highway (Frankford Avenue), past some of the open food shops. About 20 people turned out for the parade from the Garsed Center to the Campbell AME Church in Frankford’s historic African American community. While it was cold no one complained after it was explained the winter was the high season for Freedom Seekers because of the longer nights in which they could travel between station houses. The Campbell AME is the only surviving UGR station in Frankford.
The Quaker Frankford Friends Meeting House graciously welcomed us in to see some of the Black History Month student class projects which was fun stop before we continued on parading through the neighborhood. The Frankford Friends Meeting House and the Waln Street Meeting House are two other locations in the area where Freedom Seekers sometimes were hid to avoid manhunters.