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Annual Conference

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Pencil (graphite) drawing of Harriet Jacobs, by artist Keith White, Raleigh, NC, February 1994 (PhC.122). North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, NC.

Upcoming Conference:


"I Resolved Never to Be Conquered":

Women and the Underground Railroad

July 16-20, 2014
Detroit, Michigan 


Travel and Accommodations

Affiliated Event: Remembering the Raisin: Slavery Freedom, and the War of 1812 (July 12, 2014)

Pre-Conference Events


Conference Schedule



Exhibitor-Vendor Booths

Sponsors & Partners

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities 

The theme for this year's conference is "I Resolved Never to Be Conquered": Women and the Underground Railroad. This sentiment penned by freedom seeker Harriet Jacobs, shows her determination, "though one of God's most powerless creatures," to retain control over herself and her body despite her enslaved status. The conference's focus on women recognizes NTF program's new organizational link with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Monument, and will explore that while Tubman has been the dominant image of women and the Underground Railroad, her involvement is part of a larger story of women's participation in the movement, as freedom seekers and as operatives.

The five-day conference in Downtown Detroit will include renowned speakers, panel discussions, an exhibit hall, and tours of local museums and historic sites. There will also be a tour to Canada on Sunday, July 20th. So be sure to have your passports or enhanced driver's licenses ready!

Registration is available through the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) at: http://asalh.net/ugrr.html                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Conference


Conference Hotel:

DoubleTree- Fort Shelby

525 West Lafayette Blvd.        

Detroit, MI 48226     

Phone: 1.800.HILTONS

Conference Room Rate: $100/night + tax (single or double occupancy)    

Group Code:NUR       

Online Reservations (click here) 

To receive conference room rate, reservations must be made by July 2, 2014.


For More Information, contact:

Diane Miller, National Program Manager, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program, 402.661.1588/diane_miller@nps.gov or Déanda Johnson, Midwest Regional Coordinator, 402.661.1590/deanda_johnson@nps.gov.


Conference Partners:

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Past Conferences:


September 10-15, 2007
 Georgetown, Kentucky
September 15-20, 2008
 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
September 16-19, 2009
 Indianapolis, Indiana
July 28-31, 2010
 Topeka, Kansas
June 15-18, 2011
 Clermont County, Ohio (Cincinnati)
June 20-24, 2012
St. Augustine, Florida
June 19-22, 2013
Little Rock, Arkansas