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The great-granddaughter of slaves, Ruby West Jackson has worked as a teacher and lecturer, community activist, and costumed interpreter of pioneer black women in Wisconsin. A recipient of the National Parks Service–Network to Freedom Award, she has served as the African American History Coordinator for the Wisconsin Historical Society and has written and consulted frequently on black history and slave stories.

Walter T. McDonald spent fifty years as a forensic psychologist. Over the course of his thirty-year collaboration with Ms. Jackson, Dr. McDonald has mapped Underground Railroad routes into and out of Wisconsin and served as a script consultant for "Rope of Sand," a play about Joshua Glover and the Fugitive Slave Act commissioned by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for its sesquicentennial.

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