The Sen. John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center includes two major components that address Underground Railroad heritage: an extensive library and archive and a permanent interpretive exhibit. The Library and Archives contains a wealth of thematic sources, from recent research to original anti-slavery documents. Highlights of the collection include the minutes of the Pittsburgh Anti-Slavery Society and the minutes from the Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society – Western District, 1837-1838. Underground Railroad resources include biographies and autobiographies, sermons, vertical files, photographs, periodicals, census records, cemetery records, church records, and family histories. The Library and Archives has a variety of general materials to aid Underground Railroad research, including court records, newspapers, census indexes, genealogies, county and township records and histories, historic plat maps and atlases, and city directories. The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom includes thematic displays woven through the 19th Century section of the History Center’s permanent exhibit, Points in Time. The Journey exhibit gives a contextual understanding of the Underground Railroad, covering the African American experience in 10 “stations.” It combines three-dimensional artifacts, rare books and documents, interpretive panels, maps and photographs, beginning with African people in their native lands and concludes with African Americans and the Civil War.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: 1212 Smallman St, Pittsburgh, 15222
National Park Unit: Yes
Ownership: Andrew Masich
Location Type: Facility