Running One Thousand Miles to Freedom: William and Ellen Craft’s Amazing Escape from Slavery


Imagine escaping slavery in 1848 by impersonating a white male planter with his servant. Imagine traveling in this audacious disguise by rail and ship in plain sight. In 1848, William and Ellen Craft did just that, leaving bondage in Macon, Georgia, and traveling to freedom in Philadelphia, then Boston, and ultimately England.

Don’t miss this free and open event for the community. Mary Ellen Butler, great-great-granddaughter of William and Ellen Craft, will share their story and the legacy of achievement they created for their ancestors. Refreshments will be served. Register below.

WHEN: Thursday, February 21 at 6:30pm
WHERE: YMCA of Montclair, Geyer Family Branch, 159 Glenridge Avenue, Montclair, NJ

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