John Tillman’s Flight to Freedom

John Tillman’s Flight to Freedom

Join us on a journey through the incredible life and travels of John W. Tillman, born into slavery in Delaware in the 1800s. From the pages of his biographical sketch, learn more about Tillman’s pursuit of freedom on the Underground Railroad. Follow along as we trace Tillman’s footsteps, recognizing his bravery, unwavering perseverance, and determination, uncovering the obstacles he faced and prevailed. This is a must-watch video for anyone interested in American history, the abolitionist movement, and the inspiring story of one man’s journey to freedom.

Learn more about Tillman’s Journey to Freedom and other collections items related to Black History and the Underground Railroad by exploring our Collections, visiting the Jane and Littleton Mitchell Center for African American Heritage, or watching other videos!

John Tillman’s Journey to Freedom” is part of Speaking of Delaware…, a series of short videos presented by the Delaware Historical Society and produced by Short Order Production House. Videos premiere the first Thursday of every month on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and our website. This series is funded in part by the Longwood Foundation, Delmarva Power, an Exelon Company, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and by a grant from Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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