“The object of our Association is to extend a helping hand to all who may bid adieu to whips and chains, and by the welcome light of the North Star, reach a haven where they can be protected from the grasp of the man-stealer…”
- The New England Freedom Association, 1845
Welcome to Boston: An Underground Railroad Hub, a digital exploration of Boston’s long history as a center of Underground Railroad activity. Through an evolving array of interactive maps, videos, articles, and other features, we invite you to learn about the freedom seekers that escaped to Boston and the people here that assisted them. Discover incredible stories of how Bostonians organized to shelter and protect those that came looking for their freedom. Hear about amazing individuals and associations that not only protested the fugitive slave laws of the country, but also militantly responded to fugitive slave arrests in the city.
Be inspired by the bravery of those who fled slavery and the collective action of Bostonians that helped them along their way to freedom.
Boston's Underground Railroad
Learn about the integral role Boston and its citizens played on the Underground Railroad.
Mapping the Underground Railroad
Explore this interactive digital map that highlights places in Boston connected to the Underground Railroad.
The 1850 Boston Vigilance Committee
Explore this ongoing exhibition that looks at the lives and activism of the more than two hundred members of the final Vigilance Committee.
A Man Kidnapped!
This seventeen minute film explores the rendition of Anthony Burns, told through those who witnessed the event in 1854.
Boston Women & the Underground Railroad
Learn about the contributions of the women who served as the heart of the free Black community on the north slope of Beacon Hill.
Network to Freedom