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IDMS 2024: Steps to Freedom - An Innovative Guided Tour of Johnson House Historic Site

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Join a docent led 60-minute guided tour of the Johnson House Historic Site, a National Historic Landmark and Underground Railroad station.  You will learn about the history of the Quaker abolitionist Johnson Family, the anti-slavery movement, the early history of enslavement in America, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Fugitive Slave Laws that kept the enslaved constantly on the run, and the collaborative efforts between Black - free and enslaved - and White abolitionists.  

The Johnson family history links it to the national anti-slavery movement and documents the family association with leading anti-slavery figures locally and nationally.  The Johnson Family called themselves “infidel practitioners” and advocates of racial equality.  The Johnson home provided refuge and a safe place for escaping enslaved Africans on the way to secure their freedom.  The UGRR was the embodiment of African Resistance during the era of enslavement of African people in America. 

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