Looking for an educational activity during Black History Month?
Aquia Landing Park in Stafford County is a beautiful outdoor park that also marks the spot where thousands of slaves escaped to freedom. Take a picnic and visit the historic signs placed near the water.
The subject of the movie 12 Years A Slave, Solomon Northrup was transferred from steamboat to stagecoach here after his capture. Now a park with a riverside beach, fishing, picnicking, and recreation, Aquia Landing was both an important access point for military operations and slaves seeking freedom in the 19th century.
Part of the Trail to Freedom driving tour, and designated by the National Parks Service as a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site, the park allows families to reflect on the past while enjoying the beauty of a natural setting.
Henry “Box” Brown, Ellen & William Craft, and John Washington were among the 10,000 enslaved people who traveled through Aquia Landing on their escape route to freedom. FredericksburgParent will be posting more educational black history information this month across our social media platforms. Join us online for more information and ideas on black history.
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