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Roanoke River


The Roanoke River in northeast North Carolina represents Underground Railroad operations comprised of enslaved African American fishermen and women, free black people, and white people and foreigners who assisted enslaved people to escape by vessel on the Roanoke River. The Roanoke, Neuse, and Pasquotank Rivers each represent distinct escape patterns among the freedom seekers using these rivers to escape slavery. The Roanoke River represents both fishing and tobacco industries on the river, freedom seekers attempting escapes, stealing and manning their owners' vessels, running to childhood plantations, and visiting relatives.