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Black History storyteller shares tales of the Underground Railroad

Sheila Arnold

The Lancaster Virginia Historical Society (LVHS) invites the public to a dramatic Black History program, “Locks Opened: Chesapeake Waterways in the Underground Railroad,” by professional storyteller and historical interpreter Sheila Arnold on Wednesday, February 20, at the Lancaster Community Library in Kilmarnock.

Arnold will share compelling true tales of people who ran from slavery using Virginia’s locks, canals, and waterways, especially in the lower Chesapeake, Hampton Roads, and Norfolk areas, as part of the Underground Railroad network of escape. The performance begins at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are requested at the door to benefit the Historical Society’s museum, research library, and educational programs. The program will last about an hour. Reservations are recommended to ensure seating and can be made by contacting 804-462-7280 or .

LVHS Executive Director Karen Hart said, “Sheila Arnold’s dramatized stories are based on historical accounts collected by William Still, the son of a fugitive slave who became a conductor for the Underground Railroad and secretary of the Philadelphia Abolitionist Society. Still’s book, published in 1872, recounts the experiences of more than 500 people who escaped from slavery via the Underground Railroad prior to 1864.”

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posted 02.07.2019

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