Skip to Content
200 North Main St | Bloomington, Illinois | 309-827-0428

History Reads Book Club- Escape Betwixt Two Suns: A True Tale of the Underground Railroad in Illinois

Tuesday, August 6
Starts at 7:00 PM

McLean County Museum of History
200 N. Main St, Bloomington IL 61701

History Reads Book Club- Escape Betwixt Two Suns: A True Tale of the Underground Railroad in Illinois

All avid readers are welcome to join us on Tuesday, August 6 at the McLean County Museum of History for the History Reads Book Club. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Governor Fifer Courtroom. For the third installment of the year, we will be discussing Escape Betwixt Two Suns: A True Tale of the Underground Railroad in Illinois by Carol Pirtle.

Although the northern Illinois chapters of the story of Susan “Sukey” Richardson’s escape from slavery on the Underground Railroad are documented, the part played by southern Illinois in that historic episode has remained obscure. Carol Pirtle changes that with her investigation into the 1843 suit Andrew Borders lodged against William Hayes, charging his neighbor with helping slaves from the Borders estate escape to Galesburg. In conjunction with her probe into the past, Pirtle also discovered the Hayes correspondence. Pirtle documents Hayes’s involvement in the Illinois Underground Railroad through approximately two hundred letters received by Hayes from the early 1820s until his death in 1849.

This free, quarterly program is brought to you by the Museum and Bloomington Public Library. The discussion will last approximately 60 minutes. Participants are welcome to explore the Museum before the meeting. Free parking is available on the street or in the Lincoln Parking Deck, located one block south of the Museum on Front Street.

Copies of this book will be available for checkout at Bloomington Public Library or may be requested via inter-library loan through your local public library. For more information on this program please contact the Museum’s Education Department at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428; or contact Karen Moen at Bloomington Public Library at reference@bloomingtonlibrary.org.