Ruby West Jackson is involved in many historical groups throughout Wisconsin, including Old World Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Historical Society and the Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. Jackson worked as an activist, educator and political consultant until her retirement and now devotes her time to promoting African American history and preservation. Other publications include "Wisconsin Heritage," a brochure on African American tourism, published by the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, which she helped research and write, as well as various dramatic sketches performed for dedications, festivals and conferences. Jackson also appeared on the Wisconsin Public Television documentary about Joshua Glover, "Stand the Storm." She currently works as substitute teacher in Madison while operating her own business as a costumed interpreter of pioneer black women in Wisconsin.
Dr. Walter T. McDonald was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York After serving in WWII, McDonald became a clinical psychologist, which he practiced for 40 years. Since his retirement, he has divided his time between consulting in forensic psychology and working with various Underground Railroad activities
Jackson and McDonald have collaborated for the past 30 years on various projects, most recently the mapping of Underground Railroad routes in Wisconsin.