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Program on Underground Railroad in DeKalb County

Published: Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 12:16 p.m. CST

Program on Underground Railroad in DeKalb County

Nancy Beasley will present “Encountering Abolitionists” at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Little Theatre at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, 2944 Greenwood Acres Drive in DeKalb.

The presentation will be part of a meeting of the DeKalb County Historical-Genealogical Society, but it is open to the public. Beasley was a charter member of the DeKalb County Genealogical Society in 1973.

The program relates to Beasley’s recent book, “The Underground Railroad in DeKalb County, Illinois,” which concentrates on the antislavery movement in DeKalb County. Beasley spent 10 years researching the movement, families involved and local churches that assisted abolitionists. The book includes a biographical dictionary of more than 600 local families who risked imprisonment and $5,000 bounties to assist runaway slaves.

For more information, call Sandy Lyon at 815-895-6987.

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