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Underground Railroad in New York State


Geography and politics conspired to make New York State a key link in the Underground Railroad. Though often romanticized, particularly concerning the role of Caucasians in its operation, there is no doubt that many fugitives from slavery followed the Underground Railroad on their way to freedom in Canada, or to destinations in safe proximity to the Canadian border. The purpose of this website is to catalogue information on the People and Places of New York that were involved in the activities of the Underground Railroad, and to provide reliable information about their role in African Americans' struggle for freedom.

The information presented on this site is in table form. Click below to pick a starting point for exploration:

Why This Site Was Created
Map of Routes in NYS
People
Places
Sources
Related Links
NYS Underground Railroad Freedom Trail Act

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