On Tuesday, March 17, the Perinton Historical Society will host a narrative presentation that traces the journey of American slaves from capture and enslavement in West Africa, to potential freedom on the Underground Railroad. Educator Jerry Bennett will present a multimedia lecture incorporating maps, songs, books, handouts, and anecdotal stories all related to an oft-neglected but fascinating piece of local history. Bennett was initially exposed to the Railroad by attending elementary school in a former Railroad safe house. He was further inspired to learn about the history of the Railroad by his daughter's children's books, and has since spent time researching sites and safe houses along the East Coast — several of which are sprinkled throughout the Rochester area. This lecture will offer a chance to interact with a facet of American history that was staged in the area's own towns, houses, and backyards.
Jerry Bennett will present "The Slave Experience and the Underground Railroad" on Tuesday, March 17, at the Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin Street. 7 p.m. Free. perintonhistoricalsociety.org.