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Offline sbthomas

PERSONAL STORIES FOR UGRR FREEDOM RIDE
« on: January 16, 2007, 10:03:58 am »
Stephen,

My wife Linda and I have been cyclists for about 25 years. As a freshman in college in 1970, I flunked physical education because I couldn't run 600 yards or do one pushup. Trying to get in shape by jogging just wasn't fun, and I didn't persist.

In 1982, we heard our pastor and another friend talking about the bike ride they'd done the previous day, 50 miles in the Applachians where we then lived. ("You did what?!")  I borrowed a bike, rode 2 miles, was exhausted -- and hooked.

In 2002, Linda and I rode Adventure Cycling's TransAmerica route from Yorktown, VA, to Missoula, then north to connect with their Northern Tier route, and ended at Bay View, WA, just across Padilla Bay from Anacortes. 4269.4 miles. Although we don't plan another ride that long until I retire, we are
planning to ride part of the Underground Railroad route this summer.

Linda's involved with The Intersection, a local community development effort, and we've decided to use this summer's ride to raise money for and awareness of the Intersection. We appreciate the Center's role in helping Adventure Cycling map the route. Having read Bordewich's book, I now understand a bit more about what trying to escape slavery was really like. It is history worth telling.

Thanks,
Dan
VinsonD@health.missouri.edu

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

Offline sbthomas

PERSONAL STORIES FOR UGRR FREEDOM RIDE
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2007, 10:15:22 am »
Stephen, you know that in the 1830's Pittsburgh's African American
>leaders were simultaneous Underground Railroad leaders as well. A group
>of black Pittsburghers had a replica of the Liberty Bell moulded in a
>local foundry and had it shipped to Canada, to a community of former
>slaves who they had helped escape on the Railroad.
>
>Well, the descendents of that community of escaped slaves continues to
>thrive in a town called Buxton, and they fondly remember the support of
>Pittsburgh African Americans, symbolized by the bell. Recently, they
>had a replica of the aging bell made and they will unveil in on Feb. 14
>in Tononto. Then the bell will be brought to the African Canadian
>museum in Buxton. They will have a special dedication of the bell at
>their annual reunion on Labor Day, 2007.
>
>They would very much like a delegation of African Americans from
>Pittsburgh to join them for this special occasion. I have been keeping
>Dr. Johnnie Monroe, of Grace Presbyterian Church appraised of my
>communication with the Buxton family, because the black Presbyterians
>were particularly significant in Afriacn American leadership of the
>time and the Underground Railroad.
>
>The letter sent with the bell was signed by two persons, on behalf of
>the "coloured community of Pittsburgh." They were Mr. Peck and Mr.
>Vashon. The Buxton community asks if we can find any of their
>descendents to join us there as well.
>
>This could be a very exciting event. Let me know if you're interested.
>
>Sala Udin
Pittsburgh

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

Offline UrbanRider

PERSONAL STORIES FOR UGRR FREEDOM RIDE
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2007, 10:36:06 pm »
To travel by bike accross one of the Underground railroad is a dream come true for me.  I am interested in doing a fund raising for a homeless program for women and their children.  If anyone has any information I would appreciate it.  Thanks.


Offline sbthomas

PERSONAL STORIES FOR UGRR FREEDOM RIDE
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2007, 12:03:01 am »
Dear Dan,

As the date for departure along the UGRR arrives more and more personal stories have come to the surface.  Thank you so very much for sharing yours below.

Last week our NBC-TV station broadcast "Riding through Black History" a 30 min. special on the UGRR Bike Route with interviews of staff from CMH and AC.  Click below to see the adversistemnt I posted on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jz7nSEHcndo

Please confirm you can access the link.  Click on more from this user... and see the other postings on our work in the Healthy Black Family Project:

www.cmh.pitt.edu

Stephen


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