MISSION: Underground Railroad Education Center researches and preserves the local and national history of the Underground Railroad movement, its international connections, and its legacy for today’s social justice issues, thereby empowering people of all ages to be agents of change toward an equitable and just society.

Who Started All This?

Paul and Mary Liz StewartThis website grew out of a research project on the Underground Railroad in the Capital Region by Paul and Mary Liz Stewart. Their work uncovered the voices and stories of people written out of this history. Together, these voices provide a different accounting of Underground Railroad activism and change the American narrative. We invite you to join with us as we work together to bring forward a more equitable and comprehensive understanding of this first civil rights movement and its relationship with us today. Make a donation to the work of Underground Railroad Education Center, become a member, attend programs, participate on volunteer committees, and help to move this research and discovery forward!

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Underground Railroad Education Center Interprets UGRR History and Its Relevance for Today Using the Following Principles:

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Document Based

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Reality vs myth

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Public vs Secret

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Movement, Not Safe Houses and Routes

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African American Leadership

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Civil Disobedience

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Language and Public Memory

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Relevance today