Vestal Students Learn History Of Underground Railroad In Area

By Giovanni Santacroce

Vestal Students Learn History Of Underground Railroad In Area

February 17, 2011 Updated Feb 17, 2011 at 2:45 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Vestal Middle School students have a unique look at the history of how the Underground Railroad played a part in our area.

Local poet and story teller Miss Cave-James presented the school with her knowledge of slavery with songs and items slaves used.
Quilts, cotton and other tools were some of the items shown.
The school band joined her stories with African rhythm music that brought the history to life.
Brenda Cave-James|Poet and Story Teller

"It's not only important for the children," says poet and story teller Brenda Cave-James. "it's important for the adults as well. A lot of people don't know about early black history and it's American history. I'm happy to be here in February but we don't always have to put it in February.

Cave-James says she's happy for the opportunity to celebrate black history month in February, but believes it's something we should recognize months after.

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