Storyboard #2 Underground Railroad
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Escaping- The Underground Railroad
Finding "Stations" to Rest
Between 1840-1860 enslaved Africans followed the North Star on the Underground Railroad to find freedom in Canada. Many men, women and children were enslaved and were bought and sold by their owners for hard labour such as cotton picking. They barely ate, slept and they were horribly mistreated.
The underground railroad wasn't actually a railroad but a code term for secret routes and safe houses. This gave the people a chance to gain freedom in Canada. Meeting places were spoken of in code as well to try and keep the route secret.
There were people called 'conductors' that helped the slaves escape. They allowed them to rest at their house's or 'stations' along their way and they helped keep the escapees safe. It is estimated that 30,000 people escaped using the Underground Railroad and gained freedom in Canada.
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