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Underground Railroad

Canadian historian and archaeologist Karolyn Smardz Frost spoke with Louisville Life about the lives of Lucie and Thornton Blackburn, who escaped from slavery in Louisville in 1831, fleeing to Cincinnati and then on to Detroit. Two years later, as slave catchers tried to force their return to Kentucky, the free African-American community of Detroit rioted in their support, and the couple was able to make it into Canada.

Frost details the Blackburns’ dramatic journey in her book I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land.

Program 124
Native son and radio personality Bob Edwards; the Frazier International History Museum; a local story of escaped slaves on the Underground Railroad; a history of black jockeys; and an interview with John Asher, vice president of communications at Churchill Downs. (#124)