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SPRINGFIELD – For roughly 20 years before the Civil War, a network of guides and safe houses led slaves on a desperate race to freedom in the northern states and British Canada.

As part of Life Lessons: The William and Margery Sadowsky Center for Adult Learning at the Springfield Jewish Community Center, Chuck Heaton will be discussing antebellum slavery and abolitionism and explore the strong local connections in Riding the Underground Railroad on Wednesdays Dec. 4 – 11, 7-8:30 p.m.

All Life Lessons classes are held at the J, 1160 Dickinson St., Parking is available in the parking lot on Converse Street, Longmeadow. More details and a larger list of offerings can be found on our website: To enroll, stop by the Springfield JCC or call (413) 739- 4715.

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