National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom

In 1998, legislation titled the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1998 was passed, creating the Network to Freedom program. This program honors, preserves and promotes the history of resistance to enslavement through escape and flight, which continues to inspire people worldwide. Through its mission, the Network to Freedom helps to advance the idea that all human beings embrace the right to self-determination and freedom from oppression.

The program is a catalyst for innovation, partnerships, and scholarship connecting the diverse legacy of the Underground Railroad across boundaries and generations. The program consists of sites, programs, and facilities with a verifiable connection to the Underground Railroad. There are currently over 700 Network to Freedom locations in 39 states, plus Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

We are currently in the process of transitioning information from our former Network to Freedom website. We thank you for your patience. If you have a question or concern, please email


Graphic: Network to Freedom Online Application, learn more at

Launching our Online Application System

Create an account and learn how to navigate our new online application system. Discover more on our Underground Railroad Subject Site.

Group photo of 8 people from Network to Freedom launch event in 2000.

Our History

Discover the origins of the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and its mission.

An illustration of freedom seekers escaping on the Underground Railroad.

Learn About the Underground Railroad

What is the Underground Railroad? Find out more about one of the most important moments in America's history.