Up the Creek Lantern Parade – The Campbell AME & the Frankford Underground Railroad

Last winter I was invited to create a Black History month event that connects the Delaware River to Frankford, a Northeast Philadelphia river corridor neighborhood.    As part of the Riverfront North Partnership project, I presented three events, including 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 wonderful video of the event that sensitively captures the magic of lantern parades as community building activities.