Catherine Bache, a high school senior and member of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana, developed “Faces of Freedom: Preserving Underground Railroad Stories, Preventing Human Trafficking” an interactive program that reveals an important yet often stereotyped aspect of our nation’s history, the Underground Railroad. Program participants journey through the event as free blacks with freedom papers and return to the south to meet an enslaved family member who was left behind, to assist him on his quest for freedom. Characters include slave-holders, Quakers, a bounty holder and free Blacks, among others.
Catherine presented her project at the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Conference on June 16, 2016. She was gifted with a copy of William Still’s book The Underground Railroad book by Lisa S. Garrison on behalf of the Willits Book Trust of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, in acknowledgement of the value of her work connecting the story of American slavery with myths and truths about present day slavery and the impact her project has on other young people. Catherine Bache is a recipient of a Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouting.