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Underground Railroad Readers Theater

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The Barn at Stratford

2690 Stratford Road

Delaware, OH 43015

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Brought back by popular demand!

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This program will feature a series of 10 vignettes about local people who were involved in the activities of the Underground Railroad in and around Delaware County during the era prior to the Civil War. Reenactors will each recount a piece of their own history and will include Abraham Depp, a freedman; Asbury Parker, a runaway slave; Mary Frances (Alston) Austin, the last surviving freed slave to arrive in Delaware County; abolitionists such as Ostrander’s William Cratty and Peru Township’s Aaron L. and Phoebe Benedict; plus several others. The program will begin and end with music of fugitive slaves with interpretive dance by Francine Butler.

DCHS Curriculum Support Committee member, Diana Toth, portraying Mary Frances (Alston) Austin, the last surviving freed slave to arrive in Delaware County.

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2690 Stratford Road

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