In our increasingly polarized society, the symbol of the 19th century Underground Railroad movement and its abolition activists challenge us to publicly reflect and act upon the legacy of the institution of slavery in our contemporary times. – P. Stewart

LibertyCon 2021

A monthly series of virtual presentations with moderated conversation

Focusing on the nation’s unprecedented, and long overdue, examination of systemic racism in America, UREC connects the historical Underground Railroad, the first civil rights movement in the United States, with the current struggles to dismantle injustice, oppression, and the false idea of White as superior. Due to the heightened polarization in the USA, the urgent need to address these issues cannot be overstated.

Using the Zoom platform, presentations with conversation will be held from 3pm-4:30pm Eastern time on the following Saturdays – January 30, February 27, March 20, April 23, May 29, June 26, July 31, August 21, September 25, October 30, November 27 and December 18.

Presenter information is coming soon.

Registration Info Coming Soon!

Underground Railroad Education Center invites you to join us for LibertyCon 2021, our 19th annual public history conference.

As the first civil rights movement in the United States, the Underground Railroad movement provides a foundation upon which we can stand today as we work to ensure equity and justice for all.
The Underground Railroad movement provides a living model for continuing the road to freedom which it began—building community, partnering with others to educate, explore, and create as we travel the path of justice for all.


Formerly, LibertyCon has taken the form of a day-long or weekend public history conference exploring social and racial justice issues both historical and current.  Participants and presenters have been local, state, national, and international.

Reflecting continued uncertainty regarding public gatherings in coming months, our 2021 LibertyCon will be a series of sessions roughly 60 to 90 minutes in length that encompass an introductory presentation followed by a period for question and answers and moderated conversation. We hope that you will join UREC in this endeavor.