To escape from
slavery was no easy task. You could have your ear cut off if you were
caught. Bloodhounds pursued with a vengeance. Obstacles emerged at
every turn – in the forest, over mountains, or on the open road. But
once you reached the shores of Lake Erie, you knew you had almost made
it. And with the help of a few good people, you did.
is an incredible story of strength and determination, told through the
eyes of the fugitives themselves and the people who risked everything
to help them. From free black communities to middle class white
society, in small villages and on farms, they defied race and gender
in one of the greatest survival stories of all time.