Escaping Slavery by Ships and Sailing to Freedom, February 23, 1pm EST


Wednesday, February 23rd


Wednesday, February 23rd


1:00 pm
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Broad Reach Canada and Discovering Amistad welcome you to our presentation of Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad

Sailing to Freedom will highlight little-known stories and describe the less-understood maritime side of the Underground Railroad, including the impact of African Americans’ paid and unpaid waterfront labour. This session will inform how escapes were managed along the East Coast. While scholarship on the Underground Railroad has focused almost exclusively on overland escape routes from the antebellum South, this new information expands our understanding of how freedom was achieved by sea and what the journey looked like for many African Americans.


Registered participants will receive the event link and a promo code to buy the book Sailing to Freedom: Maritime Dimensions of the Underground Railroad at a 30% discount and free shipping from UMASS Press.





  • Dr. Timothy D. Walker
    Dr. Timothy D. Walker
    Professor of History, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

    Dr. Timothy Walker, Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, is a scholar of maritime history, colonial overseas expansion, and trans-oceanic slave trading. Walker is a guest investigator of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, a contributing faculty member of the Munson Institute of Maritime Studies, and Director of the NEH “Landmarks in American History” workshops series, titled “Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad” (2011–2021).

  • Introduction by Charles Duncan Waterman
    Introduction by Charles Duncan Waterman
    Chair of the Board and Officer Director, Broad Reach Canada

    Charles D. Waterman is the first Black sailor leading a youth sail training and leadership organization in Canada! He is the Director of Economic Development with the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce where he sources opportunities for the Black business community in Durham.

  • Introduction by Paula Mann-Agnew
    Introduction by Paula Mann-Agnew
    Executive Director, Discovering Amistad

    Paula Mann-Agnew, an experienced educator, administrator and social justice advocate, is the first Executive Director of Discovering Amistad.

    Before joining Discovering Amistad, Paula was the Director of Programs in a large multi-service, faith-based organization in Hartford for over 20 years. Her responsibilities included the overall programmatic and fiscal management of many successful youth, adult, and family-based programs. In addition, for over 15 years she has taught classes in psychology, social work and African studies at the University of Hartford, University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University.