Frazier History Museum

From Kentucky to Canada on the Underground Railroad: 
The Story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn 
Friday, March 22, 2019 - Doors 5:45 p.m. Talk 6 - 7 p.m. 

Karolyn Smardz Frost, award-winning author of I've Got a Home in Glory Land: a Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad, shares an unforgettable story of heroism and resistance. Thornton and Lucie Blackburn, an enslaved Louisville couple threatened with separation, fled on the steamboat Versailles in July 1831. Two years later they were captured in Michigan, tried, and sentenced to be returned to their Kentucky owners. The Blackburn Riots of 1833, the first racial violence to take place in Detroit, were actually planned by the city's African American community to facilitate the Blackburns' flight across the border. The ensuing legal battle established Canada as the main terminus of the Underground Railroad, and they found the freedom they desperately sought. Thornton established Canada's first taxi company and the couple made their home a haven for others who escaped the ravages of slavery.


Join us for an eye-opening tale of hope, bravery, and Louisville's startling connection to a pivotal point in American and Canadian history.

$20 General Admission, $15 Frazier Members
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