Historian Anthony Cohen to Speak on Underground Railroad at Adkins Arboretum

Adkins Arboretum will host Nature and the Underground Railroad, a talk by Anthony Cohen, on Wed., Oct. 14 from 2 to 3 p.m. In May 1996, Cohen embarked on a two-month journey to explore the Underground Railroad, the secret network that thousands of slaves traveled to escape to freedom. Cohen’s 1,200-mile journey began in Sandy Spring, Md., and took him by foot, boat and rail to Amherstburg, Ontario. On the way, he traced the steps of freedom seekers along wilderness trails and waterways to fugitive slave communities and Quaker sanctuaries.

A historian, author and explorer of America’s past, Cohen tells stories that offer insight into the Underground’s role in the nation’s struggle for freedom, and allow the public to travel alongside fugitive slaves on their journeys. Cohen received his B.A. in American Studies from American University. He is founder and president of The Menare Foundation, Inc., a national nonprofit restoring a Maryland plantation as a living history center.

The program is $15 for Arboretum members and $18 for the general public. For information or to register, call 410-634-2847, ext. 0 or e-mail info@adkinsarboretum.org.

Adkins Arboretum is a 400-acre native garden and preserve at the headwaters of the Tuckahoe Creek in Caroline County. Open year round, the Arboretum offers educational programs for all ages about nature and gardening. Through its Campaign to Build a Green Legacy, the Arboretum will build a new LEED-certified Arboretum Center and entranceway to broaden educational offerings and research initiatives promoting best practices in conservation and land stewardship. For additional information about Arboretum programs, visitwww.adkinsarboretum.org or call 410-634-2847, ext. 0.