Mon, Feb 19|
Luecht Auditorium,McHenry County College
Black History Month Celebration: McHenry County's Link to the Underground Railroad
Time & Location
Feb 19, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Luecht Auditorium,McHenry County College, 8900 Northwest Hwy #14, Crystal Lake, IL 60012, USA
About the event
Black History Month is a time to celebrate and honor the contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. One significant aspect of Black history is the Underground Railroad. The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses used by enslaved African Americans to escape to free states and Canada during the 19th century. It was not an actual railroad, but a metaphorical term used to describe the network of people, places, and resources that aided in the escape of enslaved individuals. The Underground Railroad played a crucial role in the fight against slavery and the quest for freedom. It was a dangerous and clandestine operation, with conductors (people who helped guide and transport escaped slaves) risking their lives to assist those seeking freedom. Harriet Tubman, a prominent figure in Black history, was one of the most famous conductors of the Underground Railroad, leading numerous enslaved individuals to freedom. The Underground Railroad was a testament to the resilience, bravery, and determination of African Americans in their pursuit of freedom and equality. It served as a symbol of hope and resistance against the oppressive institution of slavery. During Black History Month, it is important to remember and honor the stories and sacrifices of those involved in the Underground Railroad. It is a time to reflect on the progress that has been made and the work that still needs to be done to achieve racial equality and justice for all. Learn about the role of the Underground Railroad in McHenry County along with an exciting discussion on recent research.