Anthony M. Cohen

Author, Historian and Founder of The Menare Foundation, Inc.

Anthony Cohen is a historian, author and explorer of the American past. On May 4, 1996, Cohen embarked on a two-month journey to explore a tragically overlooked part of American history—the Underground Railroad. He traveled 1,200 miles by foot, boat and rail to his final destination in Amherstburg, Ontario, on July 7, 1996. Cohen traced the steps of runaways along wilderness trails and waterways to fugitive slave communities and Quaker sanctuaries.

Following the success of his walk, Cohen embarked on another in 1998, traveling three months from Mobile, Alabama to Windsor, Ontario. Summer 2008 will bring his third and final expedition as he follows the route of his great-great grand uncle, who fled slavery in Savannah, Georgia for freedom in Canada in 1849. This journey will be chronicled in a documentary, Patrick & Me: A Personal Journey on the Underground Railroad, to be released nationwide in 2009.

Cohen continues to share his story with audiences across America. He has served as a consultant to the National Parks Conservation Association, Maryland Public Television and NASA, among others, and trained Oprah Winfrey for her role as Sethe in the 1998 motion picture Beloved. Cohen is the founder and president of The Menare Foundation, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that is restoring a Maryland plantation as a living history center.

Cohen’s stories offer insight to the Underground’s role in our nation’s struggle for freedom, enabling the public to virtually travel alongside fugitive slaves on their journeys from over a century ago. Through their stories, Cohen captures the spirit of Americans who have never given up on the dream of equality.

Cohen received his BA in American Studies from American University. 

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The Color in Freedom Event and Activities were co-sponsored by University of Maryland University College and the David C. Driskell Center.

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