Natchitoches, LA, September 13, 2012 – Cane River National Heritage Area, Inc. (CRNHA) announced today that anthropologist Rolonda Teal, co-founder of the heritage organization Cultural Lore, Inc. was successful in nominating Los Adaes State Historic Site to the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program.
Teal began researching this project as part of an undergraduate class assignment. While delving through research materials, she ran across a story about freedom seekers who left plantations from the southern portion of Natchitoches Parish in route to Nacogdoches, TX. “This one story compelled me to want to know more. Was this a one-time occurrence? Did they just go to Nacogdoches?” remarked Teal. “As I attempted to find answers to those questions, a larger story unfolded that included many escape attempts - some of which were successful while others were not.”
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