“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 who 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.
Underground Railroad in Boston Tour
Through this self-guided audio tour, hear about Boston's role in 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.
Harriet Tubman's Boston
This digital exploration highlights several key moments, people, and places that illustrate Tubman's decades-long relationship with Boston.
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.
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
Network To Freedom
Explore the sites and programs that share the story of the Underground Railroad.
The Park and Network to Freedom
As of Spring 2022, National Parks of Boston has nine designated sites and programs on the Network to Freedom.
Fighting For Freedom
A Network to Freedom film that looks at the life and accomplishments of abolitionist Lewis Hayden.
Last updated: April 3, 2023