A new Walk to Freedom journey begins Saturday April 2, in Cape May, New Jersey.
Many people are familar with Harriet Tubman’s stories in and around Philadelphia and New York. What is less known is her connection to the Underground Railroad in Cape May, Cumberland and Salem Counties.
Using her connections within the free African American commuities that were affliated with local churches and river boat pilots in this area, Tubman clandestinely worked at hotels in Cape May earning money for future rescues.
In Southern New Jersey there were two UGR lines running north, one from Greenwich and the other from Salem township. During the 165-mile Walk to Freedom journey from Cape May to Burlington City, I hope to resurrect the voices and memories of the Black communities that operated the UGR in this area. The public is welcomed to join in on the walk. I will post the schedule and updates on the walk at here as it is confirmed.
This Saturday’s sunset walk will symbolically pay homage to the Freedom Seekers who travelled under the stars by starting a couple of hours before nightfall and finishing in the dark. We will begin at Second and Beach Avenues and continue into the night until we reach the Cape May Courthouse, about 15-miles. See flyer below.