*A woman feeling the weight of being confined to her home during the pandemic decided to do something drastic to “free” herself.
“We had the pandemic, we had all the killings and the social unrest and the divisiveness, and it was driving me crazy, making me very sad, very depressed, and I honestly did not feel free,” said Linda Harris. “So I thought of Harriet and her walk to freedom.”
At the time of her interview with Fox 5 DC, Harris and seven other women were 116 miles into the path taken nearly 200 years ago by former slave Harriet Tubman on the Underground Railroad.
“We are just about a mile and a half outside of Kennett Square,” Harris said Thursday afternoon. “It’s where Harriet Tubman crossed the line to freedom.”
The idea came to Harris several months back. She posted a message on Facebook, asking if anyone wanted to join her in following Tubman’s route, from Cambridge, Maryland, to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. “I said, ‘hey, I want to walk the Underground Railroad,” she recalled.
Via FOX 5:
By last Saturday, the women – who didn’t know each other previously – were off. They walked about 20 miles per day, sleeping in hotels, and spreading that feeling of freedom all over the route. They met Jen, who baked for them. They met Curtis, who gave one of the women a knee brace. And they danced and sang almost the whole time – “we’ve got Prince, we’ve got Ray Charles, we’ve got all kinds of music that we dance to,” Harris said.
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