Show History



Freedom Train is a one-act musical with a book by Marvin Gordon and music by Garrett Morris and Ron Burton. It tells the story of Harriet Tubman, a former slave who helped grow the Underground Railroad, which was essential to runaway slaves during the Civil War. The score utilizes notable songs from that time period, including "Follow the Drinking Gourd" and "Wade in the Water." Gordon created Freedom Train specifically for teachers to connect to their curriculums.


Freedom Train was an original musical created for Theatreworks USA, a theatre for young audiences based out of New York City. It has been on the running national tour rotation with the company since the fall of 1974. Since then, the musical has been performed in schools, theatres and other venues all over the country.