Slavery and the Underground Railroad in Missouri and Illinois

I will discuss the above-referenced topic, present questions/discussion points, and encourage dialogue to enlighten ways in which enslaved people were able to escape bondage. Faith, hope and trust in God guided them through their perilous journey. African American spirituals, many of them adapted and still used in our churches today, contained coded references to the next destination, etc. The theme will be how human dignity and perseverance trump unjust “laws” and systematic brutality. The goal will be to leave with a renewed sense of justice and ways we can overcome injustice in our world today.



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Speaker: Julie Nicolai