What are Sites?
Sites are defined as locations pertaining to the Underground Railroad and have a verifiable connection to it. Sites can include, but are not limited to, sites associated with a prominent person; sites of legal challenges; Underground Railroad stations; rebellion, escape, destination, military, rescue, or kidnapping site; transportation routes; commemorative monuments; maroon communities; and churches or cemeteries.
- Places that have lost their historical appearance are eligible for the Network to Freedom if the location can be documented and there is some type of interpretation such as a commemorative or interpretive marker, educational program, brochure or site bulletin.
- Sites on the National Register of historic places are not required to have an interpretive component to be eligible for inclusion in the Network to Freedom, although interpretive signs or materials are encouraged.
Filling out the Application
In addition to the responses to each question, applications for sites must also include the following attachments:
Letters of consent from all property owners for inclusion in the Network to Freedom (see sample in instructions)
- Text and photographs of all site markers
- Original photographs illustrating the current appearance and condition of the site being nominated
- Photographs should show the current condition of the property and must be copyright free, such that NPS can use them on websites or publications.
- Historic photographs, where available, are useful, but not necessary.
- Maps showing the location of the site
- Maps showing the location of the site, what is being nominated, how the site relates to the geographic features and other historic locations are very important for evaluating the property.
- Attachments are essential information, but the importance of any supporting documents should be described in the text.