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Story of slave being told for the first time

Waddy-Thibodeaux first got in contact with Papson in 2009 after she heard NCUGRHA got the National Park Service to recognize the old steam boat landing in Rouses Point as an Underground Railroad site. The location is now where the Sportsman's Club is now located.

Papson and Waddy-Thibodeaux decided to collaborate and have Waddy-Thibodeaux write the play based on the historical information NCUGRHA was able to dig up.

"It's really one of our great stories for the Champlain line of the Underground Railroad," said Papson. "This is the most powerful story that we have of anyone that we know of that escaped through our area to Canada and it is an example of the good will on the part of the people up here."

Waddy-Thibodeaux will also be offering performance workshops for students at the SUNY Plattsburgh and Clinton Community College during her stay. On Feb. 12, she will be performing at the Negro Community Center in Montreal.

For more information, contact Papson at 561-0277 or e-mail NCUGRHA@aol.com.

"This is a universal story," said Papson. "No matter who is oppressed and where they are oppressed, a person will try to go where they can to live a better life. That's what she did, and people up here helped her."

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