The powerful program, “Follow the North Star,” returns to Conner Prairie Interactive History Park for three weekends in November 4 – 6, 11 – 13, and 18 – 20. This program immerses participants in the life of a fugitive slave as they live through a pivotal point in Indiana’s history.
Participants in the program — that’s anyone who shows up — takes on the role of fugitive slaves making their way north on the Underground Railroad. You’ll play the role of a fugitive slave, and see an illegal slave trade, a belligerent Southerner, a former fugitive headed South to rescue his family, a family of Quakers, and even a free black family.
However, Follow the North Star is not for everyone. It takes place outdoors, regardless of the weather conditions. You’ll walk about a mile on rough terrain, and you will be treated like slaves — eyes kept down, don’t speak unless spoken to. It’s intense, powerful, and dramatic. That’s why you must be 12 years or older to go. But if you want even a sliver of understanding of the life of an escaped slave in the 1860s, you’ll go.
The program runs from 6:30 – 8:30 on November 4 – 6, 11 – 13, and 18 – 20, Thursday through Saturday, and lasts for 90 minutes, with groups leaving every 15 minutes. Tickets are $17 for members and $20 for non-members. You need to make a reservation if you want to go on this incredible journey. Call (317) 776-6006.