In 1998, legislation titled, the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Act of 1998, was passed, creating the Network to Freedom program. It's mission, through collaboration with local, state and federal entities, as well as individuals and organizations, is to honor, preserve and promote 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. Read more about the Network to Freedom program and its mission and goals in the strategic plan.
The program is a catalyst for innovation, partnerships, and scholarship that connects and shares the diverse legacy of the Underground Railroad across boundaries and generations. The program consists of sites, locations with a verifiable connection to the Underground Railroad; programs, with educational and interpretive programs that pertain to the Underground Railroad; and facilities, either research, educational or interpretive centers.
Want to Apply?
Learn more about how to nominate a site, facility, or program to the Network to Freedom.
Explore the Network to Freedom
The Network lists Sites, Facilities, and Programs with a verifiable connection to the Underground Railroad. Explore the listings here!
Know an Underground Railroad story you want recognized? Click on the link to find contact information for the Network to Freedom.
Network to Freedom Brochure
Learn more about the Network to Freedom with this downloadable brochure.
Network to Freedom Grant Program
When funding is available, Network to Freedom grants are available to members. Learn more about our grant program.
Network to FreedomUnderground Railroad Webinars
Engage with the Network to Freedom's webinars that focus on the stories of the Underground Railroad.
Last updated: May 12, 2023