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Offline sbthomas

Mapping the Undergound Railroad Route
« on: July 12, 2004, 10:20:00 pm »
Please post ideas and feedback on our methods and procedures to map the route

"Be the change you seek in the world", Stephen

Offline sbthomas

Mapping the Undergound Railroad Route
« Reply #1 on: July 12, 2004, 10:20:31 pm »
Dr. Thomas:
The Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh would like to assist you in mapping some of the Underground Railroad sites in southwestern PA for the bicycle tour that is being planned.  We have Board Members and contacts in nearly every county, and Larry Glasco, a professor of African American history at Pitt, is on our Advisory Committee.

Let me know how we can help.
-Dan Holland, Chair

"Be the change you seek in the world", Stephen

Offline sbthomas

Mapping the Undergound Railroad Route
« Reply #2 on: July 12, 2004, 10:21:07 pm »
Dear Dan,

Your note below is Outstanding !! I am on my way to DC for a meeting... back on last tomorrow in office all day on Wed.  I will share your note below with our team.  Thanks again...

Stephen
www.cmh.pitt.edu

"Be the change you seek in the world", Stephen

Offline sbthomas

Mapping the Undergound Railroad Route
« Reply #3 on: July 12, 2004, 10:21:53 pm »
On Jul 8, 2004, at 1:05 PM, Holland6@aol.com wrote:
>>
>>
>> I'm very interested in this tour.  What is the route through western
>> Pennsylvania?  I worked on a project 12 years ago to identify African
>> American historic sites in Allegheny County.  Perhaps the tour could
>> highlight some of these sites.  Or, perhaps we could partner with you
>> to offer this to our Members.
>> Thanks,
>> Dan Holland
>> Founder and Chair,
>> Young Preservationists Association of Pittsburgh
>> work:  412.261.7947
>>
>> --
>> "Give Life to History"(SM)
>> http://www.youngpreservationists.org

"Be the change you seek in the world", Stephen

Offline sbthomas

Mapping the Undergound Railroad Route
« Reply #4 on: July 12, 2004, 10:22:25 pm »
In a message dated 7/12/2004 12:15:13 PM Eastern Daylight Time, Carla Majernik writes:

>Mr. Holland:
>At this point the route that will be mapped hasn't been determined yet.
>We're in the beginning stages of figuring out where it will go, with
>the help of interested parties. We are partnering with the Center of
>Minority Health. You might want to contact Dr. Stephen Thomas, the
>director of CMH, and talk with him: sbthomas@cmh.pitt.edu
>
>Sincerely,
>Carla Majernik
>Routes and Mapping Department Director
>
>Adventure Cycling Association
>Inspiring people of all ages to travel by bicycle.
>150 E. Pine St., Missoula, MT 59802
>406-721-1776, ext. 218, FAX 406-721-8754
>www.adventurecycling.org

"Be the change you seek in the world", Stephen

Offline markjugg

Mapping the Undergound Railroad Route
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2005, 10:33:06 pm »
Hello,

I have a suggestion for a destination on the route. The Levi Coffin House is considered the "Grand Central Station" of the underground railroad:
http://www.waynet.org/nonprofit/coffin.htm

Located in Fountain City, Indiana, it's about a 100 miles North of the Underground Railroad museum in Cincinnati, OH.

There are several good resources for pre-existing routes in between that I could help connect you with.

I live in between in Richmond, Indiana. Here we have a nice multi-use trail that could be used for part of this leg:

http://www.indianatrails.org/Cardinal_Greenway_Richmond.htm

This trail rolls right through an important piece of history.  Richmond is the "Cradle of Recorded Jazz". At  Gennett records, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and others recorded.

You can see some of the buildings where this happened:
http://www.starrgennett.org/

The bike path rolls right through the remains of those buildings in that (beautiful) gorge.

A local foundation is working to establish a related museum, which is currently in progress.

Let me know if you want more help mapping this leg of the journey.

Mark