Teacher Walking 500 Miles Against Slavery, Human Trafficking Will Stop in Des Moines

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A Midwestern history teacher is planning a 500-mile trek to raise awareness in the fight against slavery and human trafficking.

Arlington, Nebraska teacher Barry Jurgensen’s journey began Wednesday in Nebraska City and it will end in Chicago.

His journey follows the route taken by two slaves more than 150 years ago. The pair used the Underground Railroad to make it to freedom in Illinois.

On June 11, Jurgensen will stop at the State Historical Museum in Des Moines to talk about the Walk Forever Free Project. He will also stop by the Jordan House.

Jurgensen’s walk is also to raise money for the Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives, an international nonprofit that fights against slavery and human trafficking.

The teacher is documenting his journey on Twitter. In 2014, Jurgensen was given the Nebraska High School History Teacher of the Year award.