Enjoy this review of the Walk Forever Free team’s time in Madison County, June 8-10, 2016.

Headed to Winterset from Greenfield
Barry being interviewed on phone at Roseman Bridge
Team resting at Roseman Bridge Shelter
Team reaches Winterset, June 8
Waking up to Madison County beauty
Winterset Hospitality
Mayor Olson greets Barry at New Bridge Church
Mayor Olson greets Barry prior to Walk Across Winterset
Trooper Deborah Stine registers Walk Across Winterset Walkers
Prior to Walk Across Winterset
Barry addresses Walk Across Winterset walkers
Much appreciated police escort
Courthouse stop for UGRR story
Local Police Support
Walk Across Winterset ends at soccer field
Barry joined by Anna MacDonald
Barry at Cedar Bridge
Lunch stop at Groth's Gardens
View from support vehicle
Made it to Badger Creek
Anna MacDonald explains Badger Creek Watershed
Walking students check out Badger Creek
June 8 Presentation at Zion Church at Historical Complex
Underground Railroad Presentation by Doug Jones
Barry speaking his passion
Trooper Deborah Stine
Audience
Trooper Stine's hat on Barry
Badger Creek hospitality
June 9 Walkers and Supporters
Students leave Madison County
Barry and Family
Winterset Organizers: Talli, Lynette, Sarah, Linda
Talli, Deborah, Lynette
Rinse Repeat for 500 Miles
Wristbands

This walk across Iowa and Illinois will retrace the journey of Eliza Grayson and Celia, two teenage slaves, who escaped from Nebraska City, Nebraska, in 1858 and traveled to freedom in Chicago, Illinois. Arlington NE High School history teacher and Underground Railroad researcher, Barry Jorgensen will make the 500-mile trip during the month of June 2016 to bring awareness to the issue of modern-day slavery, now termed human trafficking.

Barry will walk from Greenfield to Winterset on Wednesday, June 8 and from Winterset to Badger Creek on Thursday, June 9.

WFF map-2

His goal is to raise $50 per mile of the journey, for a total of $25,000. Proceeds will be donated to the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, a 501(c)3 charity dedicated to fighting human trafficking through educational initiatives in schools and communities. The FDFI provides prevention education for young people, assists teachers to identify victims, perpetrators and the signs of human trafficking, and helps initiate and strengthen community relationships critical to successfully addressing this mounting problem.

Additional Information

Here are more ways to learn about Barry and Walk Forever Free.

C.R.I.S.P. Website

Walk Forever Free on Facebook

Barry Jurgensen speaking about Walk Forever Free on YouTube

Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives

“The Evolving Perception of Human Trafficking: Walking to End Slavery”

Partners

The following organizations have partnered with the Madison County Historic Preservation Commission to host Walk Forever Free in Madison County. They have our sincere appreciation.

C.R.I.S.P – Community Resources in Service to People

CIAC – Crisis Intervention & Advocacy Center

Madison County Historical Museum

Winterset Public Library

Arlington, Nebraska --Arlington High School history teacher Barry Jurgensen takes a training walk Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Arlington, Neb. Jurgensen is preparing for a 500-mile walk from Nebraska City to Chicago to raise awareness about slavery - past and present - which he plans to begin in June.(MATT DIXON/THE WORLD-HERALD)
Arlington, Nebraska –Arlington High School history teacher Barry Jurgensen takes a training walk Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, in Arlington, Neb. Jurgensen is preparing for a 500-mile walk from Nebraska City to Chicago to raise awareness about slavery – past and present – which he plans to begin in June. (MATT DIXON/THE WORLD-HERALD)