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Talk to spotlight North Tonawanda’s link to Underground Railroad

NORTH TONAWANDA – As part of Black History Month, North Tonawanda History Museum Executive Director Donna Zellner Neal will present “The Story of Hannah and John Johnson and the Underground Railroad” at 2 p.m. Saturday in the museum, 54 Webster St.

The presentation and a book by the same name are part of a research project done from 2008 to 2011 by history museum researchers Walter Wozniak, Randall Warblow and John Zellner Neal.

The book, which is available at the museum for $10, offers an introduction to the Underground Railroad from a local historical perspective through the lives of Hannah and John Johnson. It also explains how the Erie Canal was linked to the Underground Railroad.

Though it was ultimately unsuccessful, the research begun in 2008 had been a first step to include North Tonawanda in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom under the auspices of the National Park Service.