Every Stop Has A Story
We are walking nearly 1,000 miles on the Underground Railroad to help raise awareness about modern day slavery, better known as human trafficking. Each individual stop has its own story that you can read about below.
The Underground Railroad featured stops where those who were enslaved at the time were able to seek out freedom. However, slavery STILL exists, and these modern day slaves are also in need of ways to achieve freedom. There are ways that you can contribute to allowing these individuals to gain the freedom that they deserve. Are you willing to find out how you can be a part of the network to freedom?
Appomattox Court House
Train Arrives 5-4-2020
"On April 9, 1865, the surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in the McLean House in the village of Appomattox Court House, Virginia signaled the end of the nation's largest war. Two important questions about its future were answered. Could the nation survive a civil war intact, and would that nation exist without slavery? The answer to both was yes and a new nation was born."
White House of the Confederacy
Train Arrives 5-7-2020
"The White House of the Confederacy served as the Executive Mansion of the Confederacy from 1861 to 1865, when Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy. The mansion was the official quarters during the Civil War of the only President of the Confederate States of America, Jefferson Davis. From this house, Davis fled Richmond on April 3 1865, just before the April 9, 1865 surrender of Confederate General Robert E. Lee’s Army of Northern Virginia at Appomattox."
Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail
Train Arrives 5-10-2021
This is a special location for the FreeTHEM Walkers as it's the last location that founder, Kelly Diane Galloway, a descendant of freedom seekers from the past, has been able to trace her family, former enslaved persons to. We hope to find answers in Warrenton.
New Castle Court House
Train Arrives 5-15-2021
"Historic New Castle served as the colonial capital of Delaware until 1777 and provides valuable stories of our country's earliest settlers and founding fathers. This is the location where William Penn first landed in the New World in October 1682 and where four signers of the Declaration of Independence –George Read, Thomas McKean, George Ross, and Francis Hopkinson once lived."
Train Arrives 5-16-2021
"The State House bell became a herald of liberty in the 19th century. "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All the Inhabitants thereof," the bell's inscription, provided a rallying cry for abolitionists wishing to end slavery. The Anti-Slavery Record, an abolitionist publication, first referred to the bell as the Liberty Bell in 1835, but that name was not widely adopted until years later."
Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims
Train Arrives 5-19-2021
"Between 1849 and the outbreak of the Civil War, this plain brick church was one of the nation's foremost centers of antislavery sentiment."
Gerrit Smith Estate
Train Arrives 5-28-2021
"Gerrit Smith (1797-1874), a nationally prominent and influential abolitionist and social reformer who played a critical role in the operations of the Underground Railroad, lived on this estate and conducted business out of this land office."
Harriet Tubman Residence
Train Arrives 5-30-2021
"After serving the Northern Army as a scout, spy, and nurse during the Civil War, Tubman returned to her home in Auburn/Fleming, NY which she had purchased in 1859 from then US Senator from NY, William Seward. At her residence, Tubman cared for family members, including her aging parents, and continued her humanitarian work taking in those in need of shelter, food, clothing, and medical attention."
niagara falls underground railroad heritage center
Train Arrives 6-19-2021
"The Heritage Center’s mission is to reveal authentic stories of Underground Railroad freedom seekers and abolitionists in Niagara Falls that inspire visitors to recognize modern injustices that stem from slavery and take action toward an equitable society."