Registration underway for ‘Freedom Float’
A “Freedom Float” is planned from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 8 on the Des Moines River from Austin Park to the Keosauqua boat ramp.
The float, led by naturalist Brittney Tiller, is an opportunity to learn the legends and stories of the Underground Railroad in southeast Iowa.
According to Tiller, “During the Civil War, thousands of slaves rode the Underground Railroad to freedom. The Underground Railroad was not a railroad at all, but a network of safe houses, barns, root cellars, and similar places where people who had escaped from slavery were hidden during their flight to safety. Most of us associate this path to liberty with Kentucky, Missouri, and Tennessee. The ‘railroad,’ however, had some of its most important routes right here in Iowa.”
Registration is required as the event is limited to 20 boats.
The paddle is open to everyone, but children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
For registration or information, contact Tiller at 472-4421 or email DMRiverWaterTail@gmail.com.
Canoes are free by way of funding from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. Solo kayaks can be rented for $20 through Paddle, Pedal and More.