The Underground Railroad
Hurry, Hurry, Hear All About It! Freedom to the North!
Goals to Freedom
When you are free, you can get a job. You don't have to work as a slave anymore. You don't have to work in the fields or in the Big house and be threatened by the Master.
Important People who have used the Underground Railroad
Harriett escaped slavery to become a leading abolitionist. As a conductor she led hundreds of enslaved people to freedom along the route of the Underground Railroad. She made 19 trips to help slaves escape and was known as Moses.
Frederick Douglass escaped with the help of a lady friend by boarding a train to Maryland. He carried identification papers from a free black man.
William Still was an African American abolitionist in Philadelphia and a conductor on the Underground Railroad.
Things to Avoid and Consequences
Things to Avoid
Keep your mouth closed. Tell no one of your plan. Leave at night and travel light.
You must follow the quilt codes very closely. If not, you run the risk of being captured. The consequences of this could be a harsh beating or even be killed. You really need to be careful!