Philadelphia Quest for Freedom is an interpretive program about Philadelphia's pivotal role in the Underground Railroad centering on the under-told story of Philadelphia's free Black community (the largest in the north) which was instrumental in forming some of the nation's first independent Black religious and social empowerment institutions that were the forerunners of today's Civil Rights organizations. This influential Black community joined forces with Quakers and other sympathetic whites to form highly successful anti-slavery institutions that had both national and international impact. A strong and diverse regional network of more than 30 sites and six communitities serves as the framework for Philadelphia Quest for Freedom. Unlike traditional trails established for the Underground Railroad, Philadelphia Quest for Freedom enables the public to experience more of the complexities and interlocking nature of the stories and communities. Starting at Independence National Historical Park, where the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the new President's House Commemorative Site are located, Philadelphia Quest for Freedom profoundly and deeply grounds the Underground Railroad story within the national experience, and provides a context and catalyst for civic engagement in both past and contemporary issues.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Greater Phila Tourism Marketing Corp, 30 S. 17th St, Suite 1710, Philadelphia, 19103
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Patricia Washington
Location Type: Program
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Vigilance Committee
Freedom Seekers: Frederick Douglass
UGRR Operatives: William Still