MAY 24, 2005 -- The Downtown Riverwalk at Orange and Water Streets is now being nationally recognized as an historical site in the underground railroad movement.
Mayor Spence Broadhurst opened the ceremony Monday commemorating "The Orange Landing on the Cape Fear." In 1862, more than 20 slaves stole boats near the landing and escaped to the mouth of the Cape Fear River. The slaves were later rescued by Union soldiers.
Wilmington is one of 200 cities across the country the national park is recognizing in its Underground Network to Freedom program.