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Between the American Revolution and the Civil War, as many as 100,000 enslaved African-Americans sought freedom by hitching a ride on the Underground Railroad. The journey was hardly first-class passage: It included all modes of transportation, but, most often, travelers relied on their own feet—hiking hundreds of miles through woods, over mountains, and across rivers. Many, in fact, crossed the Potomac. Jenny Mazur and Hilary Russell will provide a historic road map of the Underground Railroad’s path through the D.C. metropolitan area, using historic as well as modern photographs. Could your own church or farmhouse have been a stop on the road to freedom? Russell will also discuss how historians verify such claims. At 6:30 p.m. at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 1307 New Hampshire Ave. NW. $3. For reservations call (202) 785-2068. (Elissa Silverman)