The abolitionist movement and the underground railroad

Discover how the abolitionist movement in Illinois played an important role in bringing slaves to freedom through the underground railroad. In celebration of Black History Month, Owen Muelder, director of the Galesburg Colony Underground Railroad Freedom Station at Knox College, will discuss how the abolitionist movement helped the underground railroad to become the first socially integrated movement in American history. Because the state shares borders with slave states both to the south and west, the anti-slavery movement and the underground railroad played a role particular to Illinois as many fugitive slaves sought their freedom by escaping through the Prairie State. The program is free to attend, but reservations are required.

Path to Freedom

Wednesday, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

112 N. Sixth St.

217-558-8844

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