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2013 National Underground Railroad Conference


The Network to Freedom, in partnership with the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and the Organization of American Historians, sponsored the annual National Underground Railroad Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas on June 19-22, 2013.  In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the conference, The War for Freedom:  The Underground Railroad During the Civil War, focused on the African American experience during the Civil War, particularly in contraband camps and the US Colored Troops.  The conference included tours to Poison Springs Battlefield, Pine Bluff, Helena, Devalls Bluff, and Central High School.  Plenary speakers included Thavolia Glymph, Matthew Pinsker, and Jim Downs.  Attendees also enjoyed two days of concurrent sessions presenting the latest research on the Underground Railroad during the Civil War.