Juneteenth Underground Railroad hikes set for June 28


PENINSULA, Ohio – The National Park Service presents Juneteenth Commemoration June 28, between 5:30-8:30 p.m. at Kendall Lake Shelter.

Experience the Cuyahoga Valley of the 1850s as you hike along the one-mile Lake Trail. You will encounter abolitionists, free blacks, slavecatchers, runaway slaves, and everyday citizens of the Cuyahoga Valley.

Step into the past as you experience the complexities of the times and the importance of the Underground Railroad.

On June 19, 1865, Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas, with news that the Civil War had ended and all slaves were free. Former slaves celebrated their freedom with song, dance, storytelling, and food. The celebration was coined “Juneteenth.”

Underground Railroad hikes will depart every half hour between 5:30 and 7 p.m. Hikes are limited to 40 participants. Register for the free hikes beginning at 5 p.m.

Kendall Lake Shelter is located on Truxell Road, two miles east of Akron-Peninsula Road. For more information call 216-524-1497.


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