Ashleigh Awusie, Actress / Songwriter,

“Joyce Stokes Jones and her daughter Michele Jones Galvin were kind enough to invite me into their home when I was performing in Syracuse Stage’s one-woman show about Harriet Tubman. The anecdotes they offered gave me incredible insight and new facts and allowed me to share that new found knowledge with my audiences. There is so much more to Harriet Tubman than simply the Underground Railroad and Michele and Joyce have years of research and family records to convey just that. The idea that Beyond the Underground will finally allow me access to untold stories from the work of relatives themselves is truly exciting! Moreover, I feel this is an opportunity for me to gain a deeper education on my African American heritage, American history and ultimately myself. Harriet Tubman is an icon to me; one of the bravest humanitarians and all of her life should be available to the public. I can’t wait to read it!”

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