Susquehanna to Freedom: The Role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad

Justin Topa, Assistant News Editor

“Susquehanna to Freedom,” a play that demonstrates the role of the Susquehanna River in the Underground Railroad, can be seen in the Henry Student Center Ballroom on Thursday, October 2, at 5 p.m.

This play, which was written by Dr. Dorothy E. King, will be sponsored by Misericordia University and Wilkes University. King is a playwright and associate professor of sociology at Penn State University.

“Susquehanna to Freedom” examines the role the Susquehanna River played in helping runaway slaves make their way north. In addition, the play speculates about how a trio of slaves, whose names appear in an 1842 runaway advertisement announcing their escape from Harford County, MD, might have actually made their way to freedom using the river as a guide.

The play also highlights the work of African American abolitionists who assisted the escaped slaves along the way, risking imprisonment under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 for merely helping those fleeing slavery.

This event will be free and open to the public. Refreshments will also be served. For more information, contact Erica Acosta through her email at [email protected].