‘Pathway to Freedom’ celebrates 20th anniversary

Reviewed by Christian Hornaday
Times-News correspondent

Khalil Lewis, Spencer Miller, Angelica Sumner and Allyson Lee rehearse a scene from "Pathway to Freedom." / Sam Roberts, Times-News

   SNOW CAMP — The 20th anniversary season of “Pathway to Freedom” is now under way.
The outdoor drama, based on The Underground Railroad, takes viewers back to the mid-1800s during a time when North Carolina’s economy relied heavily on the use of slave labor.
The institution of slavery became a controversial subject as the Quakers attempted to establish a school in Snow Camp to teach the slave children how to read the Bible. These abolitionist thoughts were met by opposition and some slaves migrated to “free” states through the Underground Railroad.
When Esse (Allyson Lee) takes extreme measures to keep herself and her children from working on a farm in Mississippi, George Vestal (Spencer Miller) realizes that he has to do something to help  right the wrongs of slavery.
“If we want to change anything, we have to start with ourselves and the people around us.” That was the wise conclusion of slave William (Khalil Lewis) who had decided that hate wasn’t the answer.

This drama brings its viewers to realize how difficult slavery was to overcome. The pathway to freedom was a turning point in the lives of many; however, “you’re going to reap just what you sow.”

 Christian Hornaday is a rising senior at Southern Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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