Harriet Tubman is probably one of the most famous conductors on the Underground Railroad. After escaping slavery herself, she later returned year after year to the South to guide dozens of enslaved to freedom in the North and Canada.
The Harriet Tubman Historical Society has collected and verified a set of quotes by this remarkable woman, and using her words and photographs, we present a short history of her life and achievements. Continue reading →
Have you heard about Henry Box Brown? His escape story was so incredible that it almost seemed like fiction – even in the 19th Century. Continue reading →
Ready for some amazing stories and secrets? February is Black History Month, and we’ll be looking at some history of the Underground Railroad.
To kick off the month, here are ten interesting things you’ll want to know about this incredible escape route that swept the enslaved toward freedom… Continue reading →
What was the forerunner to the U.S. Secret Service? When did folks start to really worry about protecting a U.S. President? Would you be really surprised if I told you it was during the Civil War?
Today, we’ll talk about a Union spy and detective who saved Lincoln’s life at least once, miscalculated troop numbers for George McClellan, went into enemy territory looking for clues, and ultimately laid the foundation for the U.S. Secret Service.
Meet Major E.J. Allen. No, his real name was Allan Pinkerton. Continue reading →