150 years ago, two girls crossed the Missouri River trying to escape a life of slavery. In the summer of 2016, Barry Jurgensen set out on a 500-mile journey to follow in their footsteps.
Listener advisory: Just a note that this episode deals with themes of slavery and has brief, non-graphic references to rape.
Special thanks to Cletus Baker at Studio B in Omaha.
Valerie June—Workin’ Woman Blues (courtesy of Capitol Music Group and BMG)
Roger Howell & Doug Phillips—Sourwood Mountain
Patrick Bonner—Black Tar on a Stick, Up and Down the Broom
Roger Howell & Doug Phillips—Cluck Old Hen
Black Twig Pickers—Lonesome Valley
Led Belly & Woody Guthrie—We Shall Be Free