Group retraces enslaved man’s escape route from Virginia to Connecticut

Group at the start of retracing James Lindsey Smith’s escape at Rice’s Hotel /Hughlett’s Tavern in Heathsville. From left: Kathy Schuder, Jonathan Wibberly, Robenson Charlotin, Caleb Roseme, Alexi Valle, Charles Sydnor, Adam Bowles. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

184 years ago, James Lindsey Smith, an enslaved man in Northumberland County on Virginia’s Northern Neck, made his way to freedom and eventually to Norwich, Connecticut.

Inspired by that journey and Smith’s determination, a group of men from a Norwich church attempted to retrace his steps.

Pamela D’Angelo went with them for part of the journey.

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