UNDERGROUND RAILROAD RE-ENACTMENT EXPERIENCE
Experiential Learning - be in the story - don’t just read it!
Research has shown that we retain much more information when we experience first hand versus reading about it. We bring a program that teaches history in a way that you can see it, but also hear it, feel it, and experience an emotional response to it.
Longest running Underground Railroad Reenactment Program in the Country
Kamau Kambui started running our Underground Railroad Reenactment in the 19070s and we have been running continuously since that time, developing our experience, safety, richness of history and stories. Our program is determined to be the best underground railroad reenactment you will be a part of.
Cultivates a culture of Dialog and understanding
The Underground Railroad has proven to be an excellent opportunity to understand history and begin healthy authentic dialogues around race and culture in a positive and safe/supportive environment. The re-enactment is an exceptional and many times life changing experiential learning program, particularly for African Americans to understand and learn about their roots.
The re-enactments offer team building learning as participants work together to as they make their way to freedom. The program is conducted at night at host/partner sites which contain large parcels of woodland such as Phyllis Wheatley’s Camp Katharine Parsons.
For organizations which cannot do the full re-enactment, we offer an indoor storytelling only option. While this storytelling only option includes some of the key elements of the full re-enactment, it can be facilitated indoors and on a much shorter time frame. Similar to the full re-enactment, our facilitating start with a presentation and
discussion about the history of the Underground Railroad. Instead of heading out for a night journey, however, our storytellers will come to the participants. In full costume, our staff will tell real stories of the Underground Railroad and interact with participants. Following the storytelling, there will be processing and further discussion both about the stories as well as the larger issue of freedom and what it
means to participants
The Indoor Underground Railroad/ Exploring Freedom
This is an upbeat, informative, and interactive program. Using African drumming, storytelling, group challenges, and other simulations participants learn about the Underground Railroad while exploring and challenging their own ideas about freedom and how we are connected to our ancestors. This is designed to be a fun program with lots of action and participation.