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On Thanksgiving Day 165 years ago, Ann Maria Weems arrived at the home of Louis Tappan, an abolitionist who facilitated her escape from chattel slavery in the shadows of this nation's Capitol. She is thought to be the youngest person to travel alone on the the Underground Railroad. Dr. Ellwood Harvey was her first "conductor" on the long journey from Washington, DC to the freedman communities of Dresden in southwest Ontario. Her aunt and uncle Ann and William Henry Bradley, settled there five years earlier, after escaping from captivity in Rockville, Maryland. Four generations later, descendents of the same conductor, abolitionist, family members, and relatives come together to discuss the amazing story of Ann Maria Weems' escape and its implications for modern times from a perspective of their historic connection.

Event Dates
  • December 1, 2020 12:30 PM - 7:00 PM Ended
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Ann Maria Weems' escape from captivity is the stuff of urban legend. Descendants of those who assisted come together to tell her story.

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