For Immediate Release

Contact:Deborah Gilleran

“Underground Railroad” Returns to Georgian Court University

Program Is Part of University’s Black History Month Celebration

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 24, 2008—Georgian Court University will host “Running Scared, Running Free” the inspiring story of the Underground Railroad, on Thursday, February 7, 2008, at 6:00 p.m. in the Little Theatre on GCU’s Lakewood campus. The hour-long presentation will tell the captivating story of the vast network of people who helped slaves escape to the north between the late 1700s and the Civil War. In this suspenseful tale, a runaway slave from South Carolina journeys to a secret safe house on Long Island, and ultimately, to freedom.

Over 10,000 children and adults have seen the three-member cast bring the evocative tale to life since it was written by Sal St. George, creative director of St. George Productions, the Medford, New York-based historic production company staging the presentation. Appropriate for both adults and children third-grade and above, “Running Scared, Running Free” also shares the story of the secret meetings, secret methods, and secret languages employed by slaves, telling them where and when to run.

“Running Scared, Running Free” is presented as part of GCU’s “Conversations across Time,” an ongoing series that celebrates our heritage with professional actors portraying those from the past whose impact is still felt today. The 60-minute production will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Tickets are $5 in advance and $10 at the door. The production is free to the GCU community with proper ID, but reservations are required. For more information or for reservations, contact the Office of Conference and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

“Running Scared, Running Free” is also part of Georgian Court University’s celebration of Black History Month. Other public Black History Month programs include “Journey of Black Music” from 8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20, in the Casino. This celebration will reflect the musical styles of the Black culture throughout history. The primary goal is to call to mind the music of the past and how it has influenced our current approach to music as a culture. The event will feature Gospel for Teens, a group funded by the Mama Foundation for the Arts, Harlem, NY. The foundation, established by Vi Higgins, focuses on gospel, jazz, and rhythm and blues.

This program, a joint presentation of GCU’s Black Student Union and the Office of Student Development, is $10 per person and free to members of the GCU community with ID. Reservations are recommended. For more information or to make reservations, please call 732.987.2606.

Coming in March

On Tuesday, March 4: headline speaker Miss America 1990 Debbye Turner, veterinarian and news correspondent/reporter will speak on the topic of being a woman in a man’s world. She will speak in the Casino on GCU’s Lakewood campus at 6:30 p.m. The cost for the lecture is $10 in advance, $15 at the door, and free to the GCU community with ID. Reservations are required. For more information or for reservations, contact the Office of Conference and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at 90 Woodbridge Center Drive in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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