To commemorate Frederick Douglass’s 197th birthday and to teach about the Underground Railroad, the Sharon Hill Free Library hosted an educational event last Saturday to educate attendees about what it was and how learning to read and write paved the way to freedom for many slaves.

Husband and wife performing duo John and Jan Haigis used music and props as visual education to teach the mostly young group about what the power of reading and writing did for slaves. 

The Haigis’ presented leg irons they bought online as an example of the types of chains used to keep people enslaved.

“How do you open up chains?” John asked the audience. “A key. But there are other kinds of chains that are not made out of iron. The chains of ignorance; the chains of not knowing, the chains of not being able to find out,” he said.

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