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News Release: February 12, 2019

An afternoon with award-winning author of I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad Saturday Feb. 16

Brampton, ON (February 12, 2019): Spend an afternoon with educator, archaeologist and historian Karolyn Smardz Frost, award-winning author of I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad.

Author Karolyn Smardz Frost
Photo usage courtesy of Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archive
Photo credit: Bruce Dienes

Smardz Frost will be onsite at PAMA on Saturday, February 16 from 2 – 3:30 p.m. to share her talk titled Underground to Canada: Stealing Away to the Promised Land in which she will discuss the research, writing process and offer a book signing opportunity for her latest book Steal Away Home.

Steal Away Home tells the story of Cecelia Jane Reynolds, who at the age of fifteen fled Kentucky by way of the Cataract House hotel at Niagara Falls, New York. Reaching Toronto, she learned to write and began a correspondence with Fanny, the woman who had once owned her body, asking the price of her own family's freedom. Thus, began a twenty-year correspondence between a freedom-seeker and her former mistress that has no parallel in the annals of American slavery.

Steal Away Home has recently been awarded the Speaker’s Award for the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and was presented with the J.J. Talman Award in 2018. It is currently a finalist for several other literary awards and has also been optioned for a five-part, television mini-series by Conquering Lion Pictures the production company for the Book of Negroes television adaption.

This event is covered in the price of admission to PAMA but registration is required. Books will be available for purchase onsite from the PAMA gift shop. For more information on this and other offering related to Black History visit pama.peelregion.ca

PAMA is a place to explore and learn about Peel Region’s culture and heritage, as well as use conversation, questions and stories to help make new and fascinating connections to the surrounding community. Throughout the year, PAMA offers a variety of workshops and programs for all ages, families and adults. With so many different programs to choose from, PAMA has something for everyone. Operated by the Region of Peel, PAMA is located at 9 Wellington St. E., in Brampton.

The Region of Peel works with residents and partners to create a healthy, safe and connected Community for Life for more than 1.4 million people and 173,000 businesses in the cities of Brampton and Mississauga and the Town of Caledon. Peel's services touch the lives of residents every day. Recognized as a leader in management and service delivery, the Region of Peel is the only government organization at any level to receive Excellence Canada's Platinum Award for Excellence, Innovation and Wellness®. For more information about the Region of Peel, explore peelregion.ca and follow us on Twitter at @regionofpeel.

Media Contacts

Lisa Cox
Communications Specialist
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4615


Erin Fernandes
Marketing Co-ordinator
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives
905-791-4055, ext. 7596