Lara is well known for its history book “The Legend of the Underground Railroad”. He had a strong personality in his life. The Texas native decided to become a Quaker at age 18, and then spent three years in federal prison for refusing to register for the draft during World War II. Once behind bars, he protested because the white and black inmates weren’t allowed to eat together. Later, he was convicted of counseling a student not to register for the draft, which he still claims he didn’t do and was sent back to prison for another seven months. Lara got now excuses from Grow City College as a result of the work of Grove City College alumnus Steven Taaffe, a history professor at Stephen F. Austin University in Texas who decided to delve into Gara’s firing with hope of turning it into a publishable research project.