Enjoy this review of the Walk Forever Free team’s time in Madison County, June 8-10, 2016.
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.
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.
Here are more ways to learn about Barry and Walk Forever Free.
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