BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - History comes to life in this journey back to the days of theUnderground Railroad.
Re-enactments featuring runaway slaves making their way tofreedom offer lessons in courage and determination. The legendaryHarriet Tubman, the "Moses of Her People," is featured throughoutthe documentary.
Authentic sites dating back to the days of abolitionism add tothe realism. Untouched original hiding places for slaves arerevealed. The Niagara Frontier is gaining national attentionbecause of its rich history.
The National Park Service inaugurated the country's new Networkto Freedom Program at Murphy Orchards in Niagara County.
The woods and creek at the orchards are believed to have been onthe route for escaping slaves heading north to Canada.
New York Governor George Pataki signed landmark legislation inBuffalo requiring the teaching of the Underground Railroad in thestate's public schools.
He returned to the city to dedicate one million dollars for therestoration of authentic sites throughout the state.
The civil rights movement had its earliest origins in theNiagara region.
The Niagara Movement was the forerunner of the NAACP. The Rev.Dr. J. Edward Nash was a leader of this movement at the turn of thecentury, and his original home and its contents are now beingpreserved for a museum of black history.
The project is expected to draw tourists from all over the worldto Buffalo, and provide the city's East Side with a new heritagetourism industry.
Beyond The Road To Freedom is hosted by Senior CorrespondentRich Newberg, with contributing reports by Mylous Hairston. Theytouch on forgotten history and also show how the 1901 Pan AmericanExposition in Buffalo offered both hope and despair for an aspiringAfrican American community in the country's eighth largest city atthe time.
Producers: Rich Newberg, Tom Vetter, Don Dawkins
Executive Producer: Chris Musial
Aired: January 30, 2002
Police say they had the wrong man, and that Jerome Thagard, who spent four years in prison, didn't murder Steven Northrup in 2009. But the victim's family says otherwise.
A Good Samaritan died Wednesday while trying to assist the driver of a tractor trailer who got stuck in the snow.
A 26-year-old male employee of Ying's Wings and Things told police that Haibo Jiang, also known as Jimmy Ying, choked him until he passed out.
State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman will stop in Buffalo to make an announcement about a sustainable homes program.
State Education Commissioner John King is on his way to Buffalo. He is coming for a forum on the Common Core curriculum, downtown Thursday.
The Jo Bros are playing at Kissmas Bash Thursday night at the First Niagara Center. But the band split in September, saying there’s a deep rift.