Thursday morning Kelly Galloway and a group of people walking 902 miles to end human trafficking were welcomed to Auburn by Mayor Michael McQuill, City Councilor Deb McCormick and Police Chief Shawn Butler.
The 902 mile walk began May 3 in Lynchburg, VA and is call the FreeTHEM Walk.
Galloway, a Buffalo native, told supporters at the Equal Rights Heritage Center she began her journey as an advocate for human trafficking victims after learning from her uncle she just is three generations removed from her family growing up on a plantation.
The route follows the Underground Railroad to pay homage to abolitionists like Harriet Tubman because human trafficking is modern-day slavery.
The arrival in Auburn closes in on 797 miles of the walk scheduled to end in Buffalo on June 19, the anniversary of Juneteenth.Want the latest headlines in your inbox each morning? Click here to sign up for our Morning Edition and Sunday Insight newsletters. They are dedicated to keeping you in the know. You can also download the FingerLakes1.com App for Android (All Android Devices) or iOS (iPhone, iPad)