8 Facts About The Underground Railroad In Illinois You Didn’t Know

Whether you’re celebrating Black History Month or just love learning about Illinois’ past, these eight facts about the refugee passageways in our state will blow your mind. Illinois was actually one of the pioneer states to develop this intricate network of safe houses and trails leading to freedom, and it’s something to be proud of. Keep reading for an eye-opening account of anti-slavery societies in Illinois and be sure to check out the Underground Railroad tour events listed at the bottom of the article.

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For more interactions with history, check out 12 landmarks in Illinois you absolutely must visit.

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