THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

The Underground Railroad was the first great freedom movement in the Americas. The movement started in Columbia, Pennsylvania in 1804 by a Quaker abolitionist named Levi Coffin. He used railroad terminology to confuse the slave catchers. A person leading the fugitives to freedom would be known as CONDUCTOR. It would be their responsibility to get the PASSENGERS(fugitives), fom one Station(safehouse) to another until they would eventually reach a TERMINAL in northern U.S or Canada, where there was freedom.

Sometimes Fugitives would be transported from one station to another in false-bottom wagons, such as the one you see on the screen

false bottom wagon

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