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Photos and story by Jon Gaede

San Bernardino County students benefited from classroom visits by Guy Washington of the National Park Service recently. Washington spoke at both Upland and Fontana Community School campuses.

Washington, an expert in the field that covers the African American experience from the 1600’s to present, spoke of enslaved Africans flight to freedom on the Underground Railroad.
With the gift of oratory and detailed recall, Washington explained to the students how the simplest of freedoms were denied to Africans as they were captured, packed into ships as human cargo, and brought to the Americas by the millions.

He showed slides that depicted images of how the ship’s crew would pack every inch, both vertically and horizontally, with human beings. He further detailed historical accounts of survival and adaptation that people went through in order to help themselves and their families. Washington also cited several examples that depicted the spirit of the Underground Railroad.

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