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NPSJacob Cummings

May 20, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT

Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Rangers for a FREE, 4-hour, guided and equipped historical kayak tour on the Tennessee River to experience the story of Jacob Cummings. Jacob Cummings was enslaved from birth and spent much of his early life toiling on the farm of James Smith, located along the upper banks of Moccasin Bend, just across the river from Ross’s Landing. In late July 1839, just a year after the Cherokee had been forced out of the area, and still months before Chattanooga was formally chartered, Jacob Cummings decided to make his escape. From near Brown’s Ferry on Moccasin Bend, Cummings took a small canoe and paddled away from a life of slavery. This special kayak tour, made possible through the support of National Park Partners, will cover the story of Cummings’ escape and follow his route from Brown’s Ferry, to Williams Island, to Walden Ridge. Participants will learn about Cummings story both as a passenger and agent on the famed Underground Railroad.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED as space is limited. Participants must be 14 years of age or older and know how to swim. Outdoor Chattanooga and the National Park Service reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time at their discretion, due to weather or water conditions. Participants will be notified as soon as possible if there is a cancellation. The rain date for this event is Friday, August 2, at 8:30 am. If you must cancel your reservation for any reason, please try to do so with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Please call between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday to cancel a reservation. 423-643-6888.


May 20, 2023
9:00 am - 1:30 pm EDT
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