Bernice Bennett welcomes a live re-enactment from the auction block and the dangers of the Underground Railroad, two brave women and one child escaped the bonds of slavery.
The Religious Society of Friends or Quakers founded Sandy Spring, Maryland in 1724. This area became a prosperous farming community. The Maryland Quakers outlawed the owning of slaves in 1776-77 although slavery was not abolished in Maryland until 1864. In Sandy Spring, former slaves owned their homes, organized churches, and schools in spite of the fact that slave catchers stalked the fields and woods. Many Quakers and former slaves provided assistance to escaping slaves via the secret “Underground Railroad”.
Located in Sandy Spring, Maryland, the Theatre Ministry of the Olive Branch Community Church developed “Stories on the Way to Sandy Spring” in honor of the 2011 observance for Maryland Emancipation Day. This vignette, based on three fictional characters, was written by Sophonia Simms and directed by Adam Simms.
Like those in the Stories, many escaped to freedom – found gainful employment and higher education. We must never forget their courage, fortitude, and ingenuity. Despite the dangers on the road to freedom, they were guided by their faith in God and vision for a better life.
For more information, contact the Olive Branch Community Church, www.obcchurch.org or Simms City Productions, SimmsCityProductions.com.
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