Freedom Crossing Monument in Lewiston, NY
Also, it recognizes the natives who assisted them in this daring escape. Located on the banks of the Niagara River, the monument is composed of five bronze sculptures that represent a family of freedom seekers. It includes a father, mother, baby, Lewiston's Underground Railroad Station Master; Josiah Tryon and Laura Eastman; the Freedom Crossing Book author. Also, included is a rowboat with two of the subjects standing on the rock representing the bank of the Niagara River. The monument is situated in western New York on the Canada-US border.
The monument has an interest to freedom activists and persons who fight oppression of any origin. The power of equity is laid bare by Josiah Tryon who, despite the highly charged atmosphere against the slaves, hid in the darkness and rowed the slaves to freedom. Visitors experience the real escape in the turbulence of the river and the handling to the safety of families who had known no freedom. Tourists and all Americans observe Laura Eastman, the famous writer of freedom crossing, representing what he did best: writing a fiction book to capture this moment.
People should visit the Freedom Crossing Monument to take their thoughts back to these difficult times for humanity. The changing tides in political and society intolerance should remember this monument as a point of reflection on the evils of human oppression. Notable saviors' of human cruelty should take their place and defiantly defend human rights as their input will be remembered long after they are gone.
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