Virginia University at Parkersburg
Underground Railroad Presentation at WVU Parkersburg
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Authors Henry Burke and Dick Croy will discuss their book “The River Jordan,” a story of the Underground Railroad, in a free presentation at West Virginia University at Parkersburg on Tuesday, Dec. 4, in the campus library.
A question and answer period will follow their 7 p.m. presentation and autographed copies of their book will be available. The program is free and open to the public.
The book blends fiction and fact in a daring tale of an enslaved family’s Underground Railroad-assisted escape from western Virginia. It is a fictionalized account of an actual escape in August, 1843, of a slave and her seven children from a western Virginia tobacco plantation on land once owned by George Washington. All the major characters and events are real, portrayed as reported in newspapers and historical documents of the time. A vivid, inspiring chronicle of a family’s harrowing ordeal, it is also a story of heroism and compassion on the Underground Railroad.
Contact Robert Cordell, associate professor of social sciences, 424-8270, for additional information.
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