Underground Railroad Bicycling Trail just got a big award.

Missoula, Montana — Adventure Cycling Association’s nationally acclaimed Underground Railroad Bicycle Route has won the American Trails National Partnership Award.

Announced Monday night at the 19th National Trails Symposium in Little Rock, Arkansas, this award recognizes the unique partnership forged between Adventure Cycling Association and the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Minority Health to create a 2,028-mile bicycle route memorializing the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses by which freedom seekers attempted to escape slavery before and during the Civil War. The Underground Railroad Bicycle Route passes points of interest and historic sites from Mobile, Alabama, a busy port for slavery during the pre-civil war era, north to Owen Sound, Ontario, a town founded by free blacks in 1857.

Read more: http://bike-pgh.org/2008/11/20/underground-railroad-bicycle-route-wins-american-trails-partnership-award/

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