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Hundreds Board Buses for Historic Tour

Gale Horton Gay | 2/20/2013, 9:44 a.m.

Upon reboarding the bus, Martin said she wasn't familiar with the school and had discovered something new.

"I thought it was very informative," said Martin. "I think it's something we should start scheduling groups of students to come in and take a look, revisit how things were so they can appreciate what they have today."

The day kicked off at the THEARC Theater in Southeast with breakfast, video presentations about the county and the community and a riveting and at times gut-wrenching portray of abolitionist Harriet Tubman by actress Gwendolyn Briley-Strand. She prepared the audience for an imaginary journey on the Underground Railroad telling them, "Once we get started ain't no turning back. We have to move or die even if I have to shoot you myself."

Danielle Kittrell of Upper Marlboro was the winner of a drawing and received two roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines.

The Washington Informer Newspaper was presented with a decree from a representative of Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker proclaiming Feb. 16 as Washington Informer African- American Heritage Day in the county.

Denise Rolark Barnes, publisher of the newspaper, spoke of her pride in the area's African-American community.

"I get so emotional sometimes because I just love my people," said Barnes. "I really do."