Thursday, July 31, 2003 at 12:01 PM
In the spring of 2002, 74-year-old Joan Southgate, a former social worker from Cleveland, began an epic journey, walking in the path of her slave ancestors from the Ohio River to freedom in Canada along the Underground Railroad. This spring she completed her walk, a journey that has caught the imagination of people across the country. Last night in Oberlin Joan Southgate was honored for her efforts to bring history alive, even including a song dedicated to her by singer/songwriter Jeff Varga. ideastream's Karen Schaefer was there.