The Underground Railroad

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February 27, 2013

In the 19th century, thousands of slaves escaped to free states and to Canada using a network of secret routes and safe houses. More than 800 fugitive slaves passed through Elmira, a major stop along the Underground Railroad.

Crystal Sarakas leads a discussion about  this part of our local history and about the lasting impact of the Underground Railroad on our society, and why history matters today.


Suggested reading:

Underground Railroad Tales; With Routes through the Finger Lakes Region by Emerson Klees; illustrated by Dru Wheelin, 1997 Friends of the Finger Lakes Publishing, P.O. Box 18131 Rochester, NY  14618



Dr. Anne Bailey, Associate Professor of African American History, Binghamton University
Reverend Felicity Wright, Park Church, Elmira
Jenny Monroe, the Road Scholar coordinator for Watson Homestead, Painted Post