In order to seek freedom from enslavement during the mid 1800's, many African-Americans took to what was known as the Underground Railroad to reach safety in Canada. We know now that it was not in fact an actual set of train-tracks and tank engines being referred to, but rather a secret escape route consisting of houses, and brave individuals who wished to help others escape slavery. These individuals were known as conductors and acted as guides to help people find their way from safe house to safe house. The looming danger of using the Underground Railroad was evident and the journey to Canada required just as much help and support as it did luck.
To commemorate Black History Month, we have put together this eye-opening and educational 2-day trip to learn more about the "Underground Railroad" in this part of New York State.
The fact that the Underground Railroad existed at all is because men and women put their homes, wealth and sometimes even their lives on the line for a cause they believed in. So please join us to discover more about the routes, the methods, the iconic venues and the notable individuals who, at great risk to themselves, made it possible and along which perhaps as many as 100,000 fugitive slaves escaped to freedom.
To learn more about this upcoming tour, click here.