The Northern Route to Freedom
What is the Underground Railroad? Why use it?
All the slaves want to escape the "peculiar institution"; the sun-up to sun-down back breaking work, the floggings given by the overseers, the fear of having family members sold off to other farms, the oppressive feeling of being labeled a "darkie".
The Underground Railroad offers a path to freedom. Unlike uprising such as the ones led by Denmark Vesey and Nat Turner, the Underground railroad has resulted in the obtainment of freedom.
From Kentucky to Canada
Tuesday, Nov. 5th 1850 at 9pm
- Any Kentucky Plantation - Fleeing North
- Ohio River -
- Cleveland -
- Canada -
Beware of and Avoid
Wade the streams to throw off your scent.
Walking Alone -
Avoid being seen; travel at night. You may be labeled as a fugitive, and authorities may be alerted.
Safe Houses/Stationmasters -
These brave people provide assistance to you. They will shelter, feed and hide you.
John Rankin of Ripley, Ohio is a famous station master.