The Film:

A Ride for Liberty – The Fugitive Slaves
Eastman Johnson (1824-1906)
Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum of Art

A Main Street Media Production
in association with the Harry T. Burleigh Society,
the Northwest Pennsylvania Freedom Institute
and WQLN Public Broadcasting of Northwestern Pennsylvania

 Produced by Lisa and Rich Gensheimer

Director of Photography
Director, Editor
Art Director
Music Direction and Original Score
Senior Researcher
Additional Camera

Additional Lighting
Production Assistant
Web Site

Lisa Gensheimer
Rich Gensheimer
Mike Sparks
Jack Stone
Charles Kennedy Jr.
Karen James
Carl Mrozek
Jerry Vogt
Mike Sparks
Scott Ripper
Jason Diley
Ellen Benczkowski
Matt Wilcko


William Himrod

Robert Vosburgh
Fugitive Slave
Hamilton Waters
Small Boy
Harry T. Burleigh
John Brown Jr.
Jane Kennedy
John Brown
W.E.B. DuBois
Newspaper Editor
Elizabeth Breckenridge
African-American Sailor
William Himrod II
Steamship Erie Steward
Cynthia Catlin Miller

Franklin Miller
Mortimer Payne
Harrison Williams
Henry Storum

Miranda Storum
Joseph Taper
Jersey Cow
African-American Sailors

Slave Catchers

Ladies Fugitive Aid Society

Voice Recording

Charlotte Blake Alston
Chuck Priestap
Charles Corritore
Khalifah Muhammad
James Dixon
Beary Clark
James DeBoe
Charles Kennedy Jr.
Dan Yonko
Doris Becker
Bill DeLozier
Frank Pogue, Ph.D
Chris Bucci
Sue Lechner
Collis Allen
Jeff Biletnikoff
Bill DeLozier
Eleanor Logan
Jennifer Laning-Domowicz
Jim Gandolfo
Scott McClelland
Dwight Simpson
Kevin Cottrell
Janate Ingram
James Darby
Dean Brown
Julian Brown
Brandon Wilczak
Anthony DeSanto
Tyrone Buckner
Markus Graham
Joe Jones
Marquelle Knight
Buddy Carr
Roger Galoardi
Tom Lamont
Miles Linnabery
Allen McDonald
Robert Orsini
Bill Watson
William Wooley Jr.
Jennifer Laning-Domowicz
Stephanie Laning
Robin Orr
Midtown Recording, Erie, PA
Baker Sound Studio, Philadelphia, PA

Humanities Advisors

Loren Schweninger, Ph.D.
Charles Blockson
John Burt, Esq.
Raymond Dobard, Ph.D.
John Ford
David Frew, Ph.D.
James Oliver Horton, Ph.D.
Charles Kennedy Jr.

Archival Research

Archival Images
and Documents


Additional Artwork


Jean Snyder, Ph.D.
Diane Miller
Roland Barksdale-Hall
Captain Walter Rybka
Greg Wilson
Leroy Hopkins, Ph.D.
Tracey Weis, Ph.D.
W. Thomas Mainwaring, Ph.D.

Karen James
Marianne Berger Woods
Anitta Andrick
Kathy Hauser

Accessible Archives
Brooklyn Museum of Art
Collection of Margaret Brennan
John Brown Museum, Crawford County, PA
Center for American Music, University of
   Pittsburgh Library System
Cincinnati Art Museum
The Collection of Harriet Jones
Crawford County Historical Society
Rare Book, Manuscript & Special Collections
   Library, Duke University
Erie County Historical Society and Museums
Fenton History Center, Jamestown, NY
Collection of Karen James
Great Lakes Historical Society
Kansas State Historical Society
Hazel Kibler Museum, Girard, PA
Library of Congress, Prints and
   Photographs Division
Library of Congress, Geography and
   Maps Division
Madison County Historical Society
Mercer County Historical Society
Harry T. Burleigh Collection, Sr. Mary Lawrence
   Franklin Archival Center, Mercyhurst College,
   Erie, PA
Moorland-Springarn Research Center
National Archives Still Picture Division
New York Historical Society
Onondaga Historical Association
Pennsylvania Historical and
   Museum Commission
Pennsylvania State Archives
Philbrook Museum of Art
Collection of Anne Simpson
Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College,
   Northampton, Massachusetts
Collection of Jean Snyder
Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Hartford, CT
U.S. Army Military History Institute
Warren County Historical Society
West Virginia State Archives,
   Boyd B. Stutler Collection
Library and Archives Division, Historical
   Society of Western Pennsylvania, 
   Pittsburgh, PA
Rev. Conrad and Donna S. Wilson Collection

Still photos by
Art Becker Photography
Ed Bernik Photography
Bob Krist photo, courtesy of the PA
   Route 6 Tourist Association
Steamship Erie, Gift of Edgar William
   and Bernice Chrysler Garbisch,
   2002 Board of Trustees, National
Gallery of Art, Washington


Kelly Armor
Jon Von Boehm
Jeff Gibbens
Bruce Gingrich
Charles Kennedy Jr.
Lynn Johnson
Charles Kennedy Jr.
Phil Papotnik
David Sturtevant
Crystal Walters
Viola Williams
Gwen Cooley
Angela M. Johnson
Irell L. Harden
Patricia Harper
Larry Harden
Cheryl Rush Dix
Rich Gensheimer

Flute, Percussion
Trumpet, Flugelhorn

Keyboards, Vocal Soloist
Soprano and Tenor Sax
Acoustical Guitar, Vocal Soloist
Vocal Soloist
Vocal Soloist

Audio Engineer

Special Thanks

Krystal Alt
Scott Baker
Tom Bodamer
Bayfront Center for Maritime Studies
John Brown Heritage Association
The Burleigh Family
Donna and Gary Coburn
Crawford County Convention and
Visitors Bureau
Lyn Twillie Darby
Geoff Domowicz
Richard Eisenberg
Erie Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Erie Playhouse
Ronald Esser
Kim Fabrizio
Fort LeBoeuf Historical Society
Antoine Garibaldi, Ph.D.
Earleen Glaser
Dr. Andrew Harvey
Bud Harvey
Allan Hathaway
Rhonda Hoover
Gary Horton
Gloria and Wally Knox
Rick Liebel
Anna McCartney
Chris Magoc|

Mercer County Convention and
   Visitors Bureau
Jon Miller
Carol Murphy
Terry Murphy, Ph.D.
National Park Service Network to Freedom
Tom New
Northern Alleghenies Vacation Region
Northwest Pennsylvania Freedom Institute
Oil Heritage Tourist Promotion Agency
William Philson
Nicholas J. Pascuzzi
Frank Pogue, Ph.D.
Laura Polo
Dorris Proctor
Fred Rush
Marian Russell
Chuck Sparks
Jim Stewart
Heather Swan
Mary C. Swanson
John Vanco
Dave Vraim
Sandi Ward
Mark Weber
Conrad Wilson
Linda Tardy Wilson


Alanor Farm, Girard, PA
Battles Museums of Rural Life, Girard, PA
Boothby Inn, Erie, PA
John Brown Farm, Crawford County, PA
Chautauqua Institution Women’s Club
Erie Maritime Museum and U.S. Brig Niagara
First United Methodist Church of Erie
Friendship Sloop Momentum
George Washington University
Heart’s Content, Allegheny National Forest

Hampton University Harvey Library
Howard University Gallery of Art
Judson House, Waterford, PA
Kinzua Bridge State Park,
   McKean County, PA
Miller Mansion, Sugar Grove, PA
Murphy Orchards, Burt, NY
Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA
Sandy Lake, Mercer County, PA
Twenty-mile Creek, North East, PA

© 2002
Main Street Media, Inc.
All rights reserved

Major funding for Safe Harbor is provided by:
 The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
The Pennsylvania Humanities Council, The Federal-State Partner of the
   National Endowment for the Humanities
The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission and by
   Erie Insurance Group          

with additional funding provided by:
Erie County Government
Erie Community Foundation
The Black Family Foundation
Warren Community Foundation     
Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
Crawford Heritage Foundation                                                       
PNC Foundation      
Clarence E. Beyers Music Performance Fund of the
Arts Endowment