Freedom Trail Hike to offer a glimpse of the Underground Railroad


Saturday, November 10, 1:00pm

information provided by the Little Calumet Underground Railroad Project

CHICAGO, Ill. (October 10, 2018) – Professor Larry McClellan, foremost authority on the Underground Railroad in Northern Illinois, and Tom Shepherd of the Little Calumet Underground Railroad Project will serve as narrators for a Freedom Trail Hike/Tour on Saturday, November 10. Reservations for the tour are currently being accepted.

The focus of the tour is educating participants about the Underground Railroad history in the Calumet region. Shepherd says, “Join us for a fascinating tale of the hundreds, perhaps thousands, of escaped slaves who came through this region prior to the Civil War, who often found refuge and replenishment from local abolitionists—one being the Jan Ton family who owned a farm near Beaubien Woods Forest Preserve on the Little Calumet River.”

The narrated tour and hike will depart from the Beaubien Woods boat launch and will last approximately two hours. There is no charge for the event. Participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather.

For more information about Beaubien Woods, and directions to the boat launch, visit the Cook County Forest Preserves website:

Interested tour participants should contact Tom Shepherd to make a reservation:




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