Flight to Freedom is produced by WXXI and narrated by Cicely Tyson. The film traces the evolution of the Slave System and the Freedom Trails of the North.” In addition to examining archival photographs, records, artifacts, and interviews with national experts and descendants of slaves, conductors, and abolitionists, this program includes examples of spirituals sung by slaves as part of the “code” system, and visits homes which were used as shelters. The program highlights Rochester, New York, which was at the heart of the railroad, where passengers were hidden by Frederick Douglass, Susan B. Anthony, Harriet Tubman and others.
Produced by WXXI in 2000, this complete story of the Underground Railroad, narrated by Cicely Tyson, profiles the people, places, and events behind one of the most remarkable chapters of American history. It chronicles the rise of the slave system and follows the many freedom trails northward — from Memphis up the Mississippi, from Kentucky to Ripley, Maryland to Philadelphia, through upstate New York and into Canada.