Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Underground Railroad

Connor had a field trip today to explore a portion of the underground railroad that has been preserved locally. It consisted of about 3 miles of hiking (Al took Connor on this one as I had a Dr appt and there is no chance I would have made the hike in my condition). The weather was cold, damp and windy but the kids seemed to have really enjoyed the nature hike. The adults were more interested in the history and significance of it all, but it was a great primer to introduce slavery in American history.

We spent some time going over slavery while discussing colonial American early this semester. We then moved on to discussing certain historical figures such as Harriet Tubman and Susan B. Anthony. And then Connor hit the trail and walked only a minute portion of what escaping slaves had to endure. I don't think the impact of their struggle really set in, as you can see from this picture:

Although, maybe he is just expressing what freedom feels like.

If you live locally, I would encourage you to visit Woodlawn Manor in Sandy Spring as it is a step back in time.

1 comment:

Laura said...

great picture of connor!
What a sweet boy!