Poet and author Hannah Drake stands near the banks of the Ohio River, looking from Kentucky across to southern Indiana. Drake, who is Black, thinks about the enslaved people who stood here more than a century ago.
“You wonder what did they do when they weren’t working tobacco fields or hemp fields?” she says. “When they wanted to escape to Indiana, what were they dreaming about?”
Kentucky claimed neutrality during the Civil War, but it was a slave state. On the far side of the river was essentially freedom.