ROAD TO FREEDOM CONCERT,
SATURDAY, JANUARY 28, 2012
Click to preview a small portion of the 2007 concert held at York University.
This year we are excited to have the opportunity to bring alive the very real and dramatic history of Isaac Brown who found freedom in Chatham, through the book launch of One More River To Cross which will be released in January 2012, written by local author Bryan Prince (also, a descendant of the Elgin Settlement settlers). We plan to bring-in Black History Month with the celebrated Road to Freedom concert series (performed in 2007 for the former Governor General Michaelle Jean in Toronto) at the Capitol Theatre in Chatham on January 28th, 2012. To perform this concert we have engaged an orchestra, the Karen Schuessler Singers Choir, soloist Denise Pelley, pianist Steven Horowitz, and the Prince’s.
Through music and narrative Road to Freedom weaves a powerful story of hope and courage for the people who traveled the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada. In previous Road to Freedom concerts, the music and the narratives introduced the audiences to the experiences of many enslaved people. This Road to Freedom concert will feature: Isaac Brown, a slave, was accused of the attempted murder of a prominent plantation owner, despite there being no evidence of his guilt. Brown, after enduring two brutal floggings, was shipped to a New Orleans slave pen. From there the resourceful Brown was able to make a daring escape to Philadelphia in the free state of Pennsylvania, where he wrote a note to his wife in Maryland. The note was intercepted by his old master, which led to his arrest and attempted extradition back to Maryland. This aroused the ire of Pennsylvania's Black community and the Anti- Slavery Society who rallied to have Brown released from prison and secreted to Canada on the Underground Railroad.