Rooted Wisdom: Nature's Role in the Underground Railroad
Travel through Adkins Arboretum with historian Anthony Cohen to understand how the natural environment helped self-liberators on the path to freedom.
Their methods for navigating, concealing themselves, finding food, and evading capture reflect a deep connection to, and understanding of, the natural landscape. Filmed over the course of a year, this project explores Adkins Arboretum on Maryland’s Eastern Shore through the seasons and brings history alive in the landscape you see today.
The forthcoming interactive experience includes a five-part film series accompanied by a collection of resources that invite viewers to continue their journey of discovery at the Arboretum and beyond.
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This project was produced by Schoolhouse Farmhouse Studio in collaboration with Underground Railroad historian Anthony Cohen, and is based on work assisted by a grant from the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), funded by the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of ASALH or the Department of the Interior.