To the Editor:

The New Milford Historical Society recently celebrated the Underground Railroad and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

The invocation was given by Daniel Sullivan, chaplain.

I would like to give honorable mention to Mayor Patricia Murphy, the honorable State Sen. Clark Chapin, the honorable State Rep. Cecilia Buck-Taylor and Ray Crawford, who donated and designed "A Road to Freedom" plaque.

A spiritual song was sung by Vickie Smith.

A special thanks to Deborah Calhoun and special thanks to Abraham Lincoln's impersonator, Howard Wright, who presented the 1863 program.

Kathleen Zuris, historical researcher gave a talk on the 29th Colored Regiment of the Civil War who were from New Milford.

Pat Maguire played "Amazing Grace."

To Lisa Roush, curator of the historical society, I would like to express my deepest appreciation, and to all the members of the historical society who gave their time and effort organizing this marvelous event.

The plaque is respectfully dedicated to the memory of so many brave African-Americans who represented the Antebellum of organizing an uncompromising commitment to freedom.

Fran Smith

New Milford