“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 who escaped to Boston and the people here who 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 who 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.
MA 54th Memorial & Underground Railroad
Explore the connections between the the Massachusetts 54th Regiment and the Underground Railroad.
A Man Kidnapped!
This seventeen minute film explores the rendition of Anthony Burns, told through those who witnessed the event in 1854.
Network to Freedom
Last updated: May 20, 2022