Last winter I was invited create an event that connects the Delaware River to Frankford, a Northeast Philadelphia neighborhood along the river for Black History month. As part of the Riverfront North project, I presented three events, a new presentation called Freedom on the Delaware River, the Maritime Underground Railroad. “For enslaved African Americans, Philadelphia was the threshold of freedom, and the Delaware River was an important escape route. While most commercial ship traffic on the Delaware River traveled downstream, the Underground Railroad flowed in reverse.”
In addition, I organized the first Frankford Lantern Parade called Up the Creek celebrating the history of the Campbell African Methodist Episcopal Church, a known Underground Railroad station located near the Frankford Creek and the Delaware River.
Making the lantern workshop and parade a memorable event, photographer Natasha Cohen-Carroll, created a video of the event which she recently finished. Here’s a link to the video Up the Creek