Kelly Diane Galloway does not take freedom for granted.
"I'm only the third generation in my family to not be born on a plantation," Galloway said.
With a 902-mile walk from Virginia to Buffalo as the latest example of her effort, she is devoting her life to stopping human trafficking and helping victims, calling it a modern-day slavery.
"I saw a post on social media that said, 'I am my ancestors' wildest dreams', and I am telling you today that I do believe that I am," said Galloway.
Galloway leads a group of walkers called FreeTHEM. Their trek from Lynchburg, Virginia, to Buffalo follows the path of the Underground Railroad and raises awareness and money to help human trafficking victims.
"I'm a descendant of human trafficking victims, bought and sold for labor, bought and sold for sex, bought and sold for medical experimentation and entertainment so this fight is not trendy for me. It's personal. I come from a bloodline of people who were trafficked for over 400 years," she said during a stop in Auburn on Thursday.
Leaders and the Equal Rights Heritage Center welcomed the walkers before visiting Harriet Tubman's grave.
"I'm not doing anything new. I'm just continuing her work. I'm standing on her shoulders. Mantles, I believe she carried a mantle of freedom. People may die but mantles don't," said Galloway."Will you live to still speak after you take your last breath? What are you doing today that's going to speak after you transition from these mortal bodies?"
FreeTHEM walkers will end their trip in Buffalo and join a Juneteenth celebration.