These Incredible Places Around Boston Were Once Part Of The Underground Railroad

The necessary secrecy surrounding the Underground Railroad means that many of its way stations may never be known. In 1997, Congress authorized the U.S. National Park Service to locate and preserve sites linked to the Underground Railroad. Many escaped slaves made their homes in Boston, while others passed through on their way to Canada. The 1850 Fugitive Slave Act meant that even slaves who had made it this far could be captured and forced back into slavery, but that didn’t stop Bostonians from working hard to help those who needed it escape to freedom. Here are some of the places in and around Boston that served as way stations for the Underground Railroad:

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If you’d like to learn more about this part of Massachusetts’ history, venture a little further to New Bedford to see the Nathan and Mary Johnson properties, which include the first home of Frederick Douglass. Although privately owned, you can arrange for a private tour, providing you give at least 48 hours notice (call 508-979-8828 for more information). The Black Heritage Trail is another great way to learn more about Boston’s free African American community and the Abolitionist movement.