How to Escape the South
Freedom is not far away!
This life you live is only temporary, carefully plan your escape and I know you will succeed.
First you must know which direction to begin to journey towards:
Now you must be able to avoid slave catchers and dogs for they are eager to find you.
Dogs on the other hand have a great sense of smell so when you hear them douse yourself with water to cover your scent and hide until they pass by. Or if possible choose to travel by river rather than by foot in order to avoid a dog tracking your scent all together. Just please keep in mind that anyone who sees a black man at night knows that they were a runaway.
There are many willing to help you along your travels.
Whether you have started from an upper South state such as Kentucky, Virginia, or Maryland, or have been lucky and are making it all the way from the Deep South states once you reach the Ohio River you have arrived at the border between free states and the Black Belt! For crossing this massive river John Rankin is able to help. Just look for the house with the candle in the window once you have reached Ohio. If you choose not to go about this route there are other options because the Under Ground Railroad has various routes some of which start in the Eastern Shore of Maryland and into Delaware. Then takes you on to Philadelphia or often times other places in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Now your chances of making it to the end are becoming greater since you are getting further North and thanks to the help you will receive from people risking their lives to assisting runaway slaves like you. Harriet Tubman has returned many times to the South to lead others to freedom so if you have not met her yet along your journey you may along with abolitionists such as Levi Coffin and William Still who may offer to hide and help you, take the help they offer it will help! From the destination you have reached you may choose to settle in Massachusetts or New York or you may will need to travel further North possibly to Canada.