• Historic buildings and the waterfront in New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park

    New Bedford Whaling

    National Historical Park Massachusetts

Network to Freedom Lesson Plans

Underground Railroad Education Program
Schools participating in "From Hampton to New Bedford: A Network to Freedom" will be engaged by curriculum-based activities and materials that bring the past to life. Aimed at students in the 5th grade, these web-based lesson plans tell the compelling story of the Underground Railroad and the connections between Hampton National Historic Site (Maryland), New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park, and the journey of enslaved people of African descent living in America, their lifestyles and reasons for escape from a plantation. Teachers will lead students through role play, critical assessment, exploration, conditions of bondage, desires for freedom that led enslaved people to take great risks, travel difficult journeys, and face significant hardships for a chance at improving their lives, and why others took equal risks to help them.

Did You Know?

Arrival of a party from Norfolk Virginia at League Island. Some members of this party wound up in New Bedford.

Between 1840 and 1860 some 300-700 escaped slaves were living in New Bedford. Frederick Douglass was among those who found freedom in New Bedford. He arrived in 1838 after escaping from Baltimore carrying another sailor's protection papers.