A Gateway to Freedom.
In the early half of the 19th Century, tens of thousands of African American slaves escaped from the South to freedom in the northern United States and Canada.
Their daring escapes were made possible by a clandestine network of people, hideouts, and willing ship captains that history would eventually call The Underground Railroad.
This “railroad” didn’t operate with tracks and trains, of course. It ran on water. And secrets.
It represented America’s first non-violent resistance initiative, and some speculate that more enslaved African Americans departed the port cities of Virginia than any other area along the eastern seaboard.