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Tour of Underground Railroad sites is June 29

Reservations are being accepted for a 10:30 a.m. June 29 hike on the Freedom Trail presented by the Little Calumet River Underground Railroad Project.

The two-hour walk with history lessons focuses on the work of abolitionists who helped escaped slaves make their way through the area prior to the Civil War. Retired Governors State University Professor Larry McClellan leads the program.

The freedom seekers (escaped persons) traveled through Ohio and along waterways to reach the Chicago area on their way to Canada. The Little Calumet River area was on their route. Newly arrived immigrants who were farming in the area would offer freedom seekers refuge before they continued their journey.

The program is free, but the number of guests is limited. To place a reservation for the June 29 program, send an email to [email protected] or contact Tom Shepherd, program coordinator, at 773-370-3305.

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