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Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad was a pathway to freedom for those held in the bondage of slavery during the 1800’s. Formed by ordinary people, this extraordinary secret passageway brought escape from a world of oppression to many.

On Wednesday, February 1 at 6 pm, the Rensselaer Library invites all ages to take a trip through the world of the Underground Railroad as Merrie Etta Stowers shares the experience of a bus trip that she took recounting the passage of slaves as they traveled through the Indiana and Ohio areas.       

Merrie Etta Stowers is a retired nurse, and has an avid interest in history. She has presented the experience of this bus trip to the Senior Saints at the Brushwood United Methodist Church, and would like to share her experience with the community.

This program is free and all ages are welcome to attend. Registration is not required. For more information, visit or call the Rensselaer Library at 866-5881.

Photo: Detail of Preston Jackson sculpture of the Underground Railroad in Peoria, Illinois, courtesy of Flickr user k4dordy.