Saturday June 18 – Delaware Freedom Ride: A Juneteenth Celebration
10:30am start; 8.5 miles or 15 mile round trip
Start: New Castle Courthouse Museum (211 Delaware Ave, New Castle DE 19720)
End: Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park w/ optional return trip
Registration for the 2022 Delaware Freedom Ride is now CLOSED. We hope to see you next year!
Join Urban Bike Project and Delaware Greenways for a 15-mile bicycle ride as we retrace the path of the Underground Railroad through New Castle County along a portion of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway.
Prior to the start of the ride, the New Castle Court House will be open. We encourage you to visit the Court Room where the Garrett-Hunn trial was held, watch a dramatization of the Garrett-Hunn trial in the Teleduction video Whippers of Angels, view their exhibit on the Underground Railroad and other highlights of Black History in Delaware. Museum admission is free. New Castle Court House History – Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs – State of Delaware
At 10:30 the ride will begin and follow the Jack Markell Trail to Wilmington, stopping along the way to hear stories of key individuals in the historic fight for Black liberation in Delaware. These stories are shared through a virtual Story Map that is available on the Delaware Greenways website by visiting https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/7b96c00d8ffc44d5862dc5a281fba1c7.
The ride ends at Tubman-Garrett Riverfront Park, where representatives from the Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware will join us to share some lesser known tales, including harrowing stories about maritime Underground Railroad operatives at The Rocks on 7th Street Peninsula, and of a Harriet Tubman mission between New Castle and Wilmington! The Underground Railroad Coalition of Delaware (URCD) is a non-profit, volunteer-lead organization that provides a forum to promote and preserve our authentic Underground Railroad stories. The URCD also manages the DE Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway. New researchers, storytellers and enthusiasts are always welcome! Follow the URCD on Facebook for more info.
Riders who are comfortable riding the return trip on the trail themselves are encouraged to spend time enjoying the Wilmington Riverfront. An optional return trip to New Castle leaves after a 15 minute rest at the Tubman Garrett Riverfront Park.
This ride is free and open to all ages. The route follows a paved multi-use path, with short stretches on low traffic roads. Please no training wheels or strider bikes. Young people who are not comfortable riding on their own or who cannot maintain a consistent pace should be attached to a parent or guardian (via child trailer, tag-along bike, or child seat). Helmets are required for all. (If you do not have a helmet and would like to participate in the ride, please let us know).
Registered participant information will be shared with Delaware Greenways, event partners.
Registration for the Delaware Freedom Ride is now CLOSED. We hope to see you next year!