Springfield was a hub of Underground Railroad activity for people escaping slavery by traveling north through the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. Aella Greene's series of articles in the Springfield Republican newspaper, drawn from primary sources of 1900 documented some of that activity. The Springfield History Library & Archives is replete with artifacts, primary source documents, and research materials related to the issues of slavery, abolition, John Brown, the League of Gileadites, and the UGRR in western Massachusetts.
Visitor Information: Currently open to public.
Location: Springfield History Library, 21 Edwards St, Springfield, Hampden, 01103
National Park Unit: No
Ownership: Springfield Museums, Inc.
Location Type: Facility
People/Organizations Associated with the site: Hampden County Anti-Slavery Convention
Freedom Seekers: Jacob Shaw,Jenny (MA, 1802),William Green
UGRR Operatives: John Brown