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At McAllister’s Mill on July 4, 1836

McAllister’s Mill along the Baltimore Pike near Gettysburg was a hiding place along the Underground Railroad. Many enslaved individuals seeking freedom north of the Mason-Dixon Line found refuges in the Gettysburg community, though many of the stories and locations can … Continue reading

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Crawling to Freedom

ECW welcomes guest author Richard Abramson  The old Post Road – since 1930, New York State Route 22 – runs north from New York City all the way up to the town of Mooers, near the Canadian border. It’s a … Continue reading

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Sound of Freedom: Confronting Slavery in the 21st Century

As speakers for the dead, historians shout at the top of our lungs what our forefathers warned us about decades ago. One of those admonitions was “Don’t ignore slavery!” Well, dear reader, I’m here to say we’ve ignored it too … Continue reading

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The Other John Brown

ECW welcomes back guest author Max Longley… In the latter half of 1863, Republican Governor Andrew Curtin of Pennsylvania was busy with a re-election campaign against a Democrat who appealed to public war-weariness. Curtin was also campaigning to establish a … Continue reading

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40th Parallel

Columbia, Pennsylvania, is a gritty river industrial town that dates back to the mid 18th-Century and straddles the 40th Parallel – a small stone marker marks that designation right along the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County. What makes the town … Continue reading

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Saving History Saturday: Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center Receives Travelers’ Choice Award

Sharing an original press release received via email this week about exciting news for a museum that has been working to preserve, share, and interpret the history of the Underground Railroad in New York, near the border with Canada.  The … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 7/27-8/2/20

Do you have a favorite account about an escape on the Underground Railroad?

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Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center Grand Opening Events

From the NPS: The public is invited to the grand opening of the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center March 11 and 12. The National Park Service and the Maryland Park Service have teamed up to provide special family-friendly Grand … Continue reading

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WHM Profile: Beth Parnicza

by ECW Correspondent Emily Losito Elizabeth Parnicza stood next to the edge of Stewarts Canal in Maryland, which the abolitionist Harriet Tubman and her father worked on during their time of slavery. The canal was built between 1810 and 1830 … Continue reading

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The Underground Railroad Wins the National Book Award

In October, we offered a review by Chris Mackowski of Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad. As a quick follow-up, we wanted to report that the novel was selected last month as the recipient of the 2016 National Book Award … Continue reading

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