The Underground Railroad
Before and during the Civil War a steady stream of people flowed from the South to Northern Cities and Canada. It was called the Underground Railroad. Today there is another stream of humanity flowing out of the Church. Consider this exodus in The Underground Railroad.
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The title of this presentation is The Underground Railroad . It was given in Lexington, Kentucky, at the Winter Family Tournament on December 24, 2007.
There is a theme that runs through literature, runs through art, and runs throughout all of history. It’s a theme that’s woven into the very fabric of human life. It’s an endlessly repeating theme that’s expressed in many different ways. But it’s always the same thing at its core. We could put a number of names on it, but, for our purposes today, I’m going to call it the underground railroad.
In the 1800s slave people in the United States would follow an informal network of secret routes and safe houses up out of the south to the free states and to Canada. Interestingly enough for us here, most of this underground traffic eventually went through the free state of Ohio. Most of it came through Kentucky. It’s estimated that as many as a hundred thousand people rode this metaphorical freedom train prior to the Civil War.
There was a song that these people would sing in the safe houses at night. And it teaches us why this underground railroad existed. The name of the song is Bound for Canaan Land . Some of the words are: