Over the course of four years, author and climate scientist David Goodrich traveled the routes of the Underground Railroad by bicycle, delving into the history and stories in the places where they happened. On his 3,000-mile trek east of the Mississippi, Goodrich followed the route of Harriet Tubman, from where she was enslaved in Maryland, on the eastern shore, all the way to her family sanctuary at a tiny chapel in Ontario, Canada. He also followed Underground Railroad routes in the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. His journey is chronicled in the book, "On Freedom Road: Bicycle Explorations and Reckonings on the Underground Railroad."
In this talk, Goodrich will describe the heroes and stories, both known and hidden, of the Underground Railroad and show us familiar places in a different light: from the vantage point of desperate people seeking to outrun the reach of slavery.
About the author:
David Goodrich is the former head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Observations and Monitoring Program, and served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He is the author of "A Hole in the Wind," which was a One City, One Book pick for San Francisco, and "A Voyage Across an Ancient Ocean." He lives in Rockville, Maryland.
Co-sponsored by the Historical Society of Princeton and held in the historic barn at the Updike Farmstead.