3rd Annual Underground Railroad Re-Run Ride

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Riders revved up their bikes and prepared for their journey in the 3rd Annual Underground Railroad Re-Run Motorcycle Ride.

"It is a way for us to always remember our history," said Gailya Porter, founding member.

The group left Meridian Monday and ultimately will reach Chatham-Kent, Canada. The purpose is to call attention to all who helped slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad during the 1700s and 1800s.

"It’s a long journey. I'm looking forward to it and I plan documenting every step of the way," said Porter.

Organizers say the message is for the younger generation, so they will never forget about the Underground Railroad.

"We want them to know about the resilience of our forefathers and how our ancestors survived and thrived in very difficult circumstances," said Walter Gardner, founding member.

Riders say they are going all the way to the land where slaves finally felt 'free at last'.

We spoke with one resident about why she supports this cause.

"Carry on, carry out the legacy, because it's important for us to know our history, our culture and our background," said local resident, Cynthia Brown.

One rider's mother says she is thankful her son is participating in this great cause. She gave him something special for the long road.

"I want my son, Darnell, to put that cross on every time he thinks he needs a cross or just a little prayer when things seems tragic on the highways. As long he puts that cross on, God is going to be with all of them. I think it's the best thing in the world of what he is doing for our country," she said.