I'm Dorian Historian, the person in the know.
Let me introduce you to my compatriot, Jefford,
Keeper of the Public Record. (Who ever heard of
a name like Jefford? Yeesh!) Of course, when
Jefford wants to tease me, which is more often
than I care to think about, I get called Door.
Ugh, I really dislike that!
Anyway, you don't need to hear my complaints,
but you do need to hear that Jeff and I have
stumbled across a puzzling mystery and we're
going to need your help to unravel it. We can't
figure out where Reverend James Beulah and his
family have gone! We desperately need to find
them because they have the key to our mystery.
In order to help solve this missing persons'
case, we'll have to tell you what we know so
far. As you read the pages that follow, answer
the questions along the way that are in your
Detective Notebook. You'll find your answers on
other linked websites, so put on your thinking
caps, sharpen your detective skills, and let us
know what you learn.
Underground Railroad was a movement that consisted of people
who were willing to provide assistance to freedom seekers.
The Underground Railroad was called by that name because, as
one story relates, a southern enslaver was chasing an
enslaved person who, quite suddenly, seemed to disappear
from sight. The slaveholder is said to have remarked, 'He
must have taken some underground road.' Meanwhile, as
railroads were developed, they came to represent a means of
speedy movement. The two ideas were combined and used by
abolitionists and slaveholders to refer to the organized
effort to provide assistance to freedom seekers as they made
their way to freedom.