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Kelsey R
7051 Thomas Blvd.
(Point Breeze)
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the project

Over the course of 4 months, I will ride my bicycle, 2,000 miles from Louisiana to Ontario tracing routes of the Underground Railroad, collecting regional histories, interpreting and sharing them through theatrical, musical and video performance as well as print media and textile arts.

I want to:

celebrate the history of Black revolt,

reclaim a connection to the Outdoors and offer representation of people color in the woods, and

speak with fellow Americans about race during polarized present times


the steps

I will visit 1-3 historical sites, archives and cultural centers in Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Michigan before crossing the Canadian border

I'll speak with historians and scholars, read accounts of longing for freedom, clandestine escapes and uprisings

I'll share in-time, online through our website and social media as well as for audiences on the road

Examples of May and June itinerary:

New Orleans, Louisiana

Congo Square,

Tulane’s Amistad Research Center

Le Musee de f.p.c. of the Mckenna Museum

Paper Machine Studios


Mobile, Alabama

Africatown, early free Black settlement

Mobile Botanical Garden

The Bragg-Mitchell Mansion


Greater Montgomery, Alabama

The Legacy Museum

Tuskegee University's Rare Book Collection 

Shanti Villa Institute, an Ayurveda Environmental Eco-Center



why we're doing it

I believe it is important to:

share these histories as a step away from the narrative that Black people passively endured enslavement

talk about the heroism of the tens or thousands of 'every-day-people' and not strictly the idolized figures of the Underground Railroad

use the Arts and cycling as a way of engaging people from all walks

seek ancestral connection, by honoring their courage and giving offerings with traditional, African spiritual rituals



Transit Fees to for in-person interviews for the documentary: $4,000

Cycling/Camping Equipment in order to produce the documentary: $1,500

Documentary Production Supplies: $2,000




ioby Platform Fee


ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%)


ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)






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