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Students learn valuable lessons exploring the Underground Railroad

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GREENSBORO, N.C. - A group of University of North Carolina at Greensboro students are sharing their experiences of traveling the underground railroad. The students left back in May to follow the path that Harriet Tubman used to lead so many people to freedom on. It was an eye opening experience for the students.

It was more than a class or a study abroad trip for Savannah Tester. She said following Harriet Tubman's Underground Railroad changed her.

“I come from a very small town, a racist town. I actually know three or four people who are involved in the KKK," UNCG Junior Savannah Tester said. “The class was absolutely mind-blowing, I've never taken a class that actually made me question my foundation.”

Teachers said that's exactly what they hoped this class would do.

“They need to experience... the church that Tubman helped to found, to see the Freedom Center Museum and to see the slave pen, so that its more than an abstract concept,” Associate Professor at the Department of Social Work, Jack Register said.

Mariah Governor says she was amazed to know how many parallels there are to then and now.

“How slavery... was done in the past and how it's continuing to go on now. Even though I didn't discuss human trafficking or sex trafficking, it's still going on now,” Governor, a UNCG Sophomore said.

But these students said that they're just thankful they now have such an in depth look at an important part of our history.

“If you don't know where it came from, if you don't know how it started then you can't understand how its affecting you in the present day and you can't fix it,” Tester said.

The students left May 20 and spent 14 days traveling the underground railroad. The trip ended in St. Catherine’s, Ontario.

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