Underground Railroad program set at library

The woman in charge of a statewide initiative to confirm and document sites that can be definitely linked to the Underground Railroad plans to speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 10 at Brownstown Public Library.

Jeannie R. Reagan-Dinius will discuss the state’s role in the events and talk about documenting stories from the Underground Railroad, which many enslaved Africans used to escape to free states and Canada. The Underground Railroad was most active in Indiana between 1830 and 1865.

The Underground Railroad was a network of individuals and communities that helped fugitive slaves.

The statewide initiative, Indiana Freedom Trails, is working to confirm and document sites that can be definitively linked to the Underground Railroad.

Reagan-Dinius also will offer suggestions about how communities can document their involvement in the Underground Railroad. She is director of special initiatives for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources’s Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and also in charge of the state’s cemetery registry, the Historic Theater Initiative and public outreach.

Registration is requested for this free program and may be done at the circulation desk at the library at 120 E. Spring St. or by calling 812-358-2853.