“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.
Network to Freedom
Last updated: January 5, 2021