Journey to Freedom

Beginning in the 17th century and continuing through the mid-19th century in the United States, enslaved African Americans resisted bondage to gain their freedom through acts of self-emancipation. The individuals who sought this freedom from enslavement, known as freedom seekers, and those who assisted along the way, united together to become what is known as the Underground Railroad. The National Park Service and members of the Network to Freedom tell these stories of escape to demonstrate the significance of the Underground Railroad in the eradication of slavery as a cornerstone of the national civil rights movement. 

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Claiming Freedom

Learn about enslaved individuals seeking freedom in the Revolutionary Era ("Brave Men as Ever Fought" painting by Don Troiani)

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Learn more about freedom seeker Robert Smalls and others . Image Credit Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division.

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Questioning Conversation

Explore the Questioning Conversation video series

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Explore Network Members

Learn more about Network to Freedom Members using our Interactive Map!

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Join the Network to Freedom

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Last updated: July 1, 2024