Your Path To Freedom

By Zach Price

Escaping the "Black Belt"

Avoiding Detection:

  • The best chances for escape are if you live in Kentucky, Maryland, and Virginia.
  • Move only during the night and sleep during the day to avoid obvious detection.
  • If you ever have to move during the day, disguise yourself. Dress like white people and cover your faces as if you are attending a funeral. Try to keep exposure to a minimum and avoid contact with other people.
Methods of Transportation



  • Become a stowaway on boats, train, or wagons.
  • Move through rivers when possible so that dogs can't track your scent.
  • If near trees or rocks, look for moss; it always grows facing north.
  • If you run away after winter, follow the flocks of bird as they pass, and continue in the same direction.
  • Follow the North Star, it is the tip of the Little Dipper.

The Underground Railroad

The Underground Railroad is a secret pathway for slaves to attain freedom in Canada. Conductors, such as Harriet Tubman, William Still, and Levi Coffin, will guide you along the Underground Railroad. Stationmasters will provide you with a temporary refuge for the night and Stockholders will finance and clothe you. Canada is the safest place to go because since the implementation of the Fugitive Slave Acts, it has become risky and more difficult to simply run away to the north, and you will certainly be tracked by slave hunters. Canada does not allow such slave hunters beyond their border, so you will be safe there.


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Louisville, Kentucky to Freedom

If you live in Louisville, Kentucky, you have a much higher chance for escaping slavery. First, you will follow the moss on the trees and travel to the north until you hit the Ohio River. The Underground Railroad representatives will be waiting for you there and will row you to the other side into Cleveland. After that, simply board the tugboat the Underground Railroad has provided and your Canada-bound.



*****CAUTION*****

If you are caught, you will certainly be implanted back into the peculiar institution. In addition to this, your overseer will certainly flog you, and your freedoms may be severely limited in the future. After the slave revolts by Nat Turner and Denmark Vessy, plantation owners and white people in general have become even more stringent towards darkies.


'Follow the Drinking Gourd'- A Secret Code for Escaping Slavery

Lyrics:


When the sun comes back

And the first quail calls
Follow the drinking gourd

The old man is waiting

For to carry you to freedom

Follow the drinking gourd

Follow the drinking gourd

Follow the drinking gourd

For the old man is waiting
For to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd

Riverbed makes a mighty fine road
The dead trees will show you the way
And it's left foot, peg foot traveling on
Follow the drinking gourd

The river ends between two hills
Follow the drinking gourd
There's another river on the other side
Follow the drinking gourd

Follow the drinking gourd
Follow the drinking gourd
For the old man is waiting
For to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd

I thought I heard the angels say
Follow the drinking gourd
The stars in the Heavens'
Gonna show you the way
Follow the drinking gourd

Follow the drinking gourd
Follow the drinking gourd
For the old man is waiting
For to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd

Follow the drinking gourd
Follow the drinking gourd
For the old man is waiting
For to carry you to freedom
Follow the drinking gourd


Follow the Drinking Gourd