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Underground Railroad Map Journal

A section of a map of North America with arrows demonstrating movement from the south to the north through Amherstburg

The Underground Railroad was developed in the 1780's.  It was a network of secret routes and safe houses that slaves used to escape slave holding states in the south of the USA to the northern free states and Canada.  The Underground Railway ran approximately until 1860, coinciding with the start of the American Civil War.  It is estimated that the railroad helped 30 slaves a day escape across the river through Amherstburg and into Canada

Visit our Amherstburg Underground Railroad web map.