INA, Ill. - Southern Illinois has a rich historical heritage as well as fascinating historical sites. Many people may not realize it but the city of Alton is famous for its history and association with the Underground Railroad.
Rend Lake College has planned a one-day bus tour. In Underground Railroad Alton Tour, participants will explore locations known to be associated with the Underground Railroad. The tour will include a visit to the site of the first integrated school in the United States as well as an actual Underground Railroad stop.
The tour will also visit Lincoln-Douglas Square and the Elijah Lovejoy Monument. Lovejoy was an editor who wrote against slavery and gave his life for his strong conviction. Participants will hear stories of an Underground Railroad conductor as well as the stories of someone who sought freedom.
Teachers who participate in the tour can earn 0.5 credit hour or 12 CPDUs. However, one does not have to be a teacher to join the tour.
The bus tour will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, July 27. The cost of the tour is $75 and lunch at My Just Desserts is included. Tour fees, gratuity and transportation are also included. The bus will depart from two locations: the Historic Schoolhouse at RLC's main campus in Ina at 7a.m., and the RLC MarketPlace in Mt. Vernon at 7:30a.m.
For more information or to register, contact RLC Community Education at 618-437-5321, Ext. 1267 or 1367.