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Underground Railroad

Defending Our Shores

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 07.25.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Each May, we celebrate Memorial Day, remembering the men and women who have fought to defend our shores throughout the history of our country. Women f...

From Christmas Seals to Kevlar

Jill S. Tietjen | Posted 06.01.2014 | Women
Jill S. Tietjen

Knowing how important it is to write women back into history, I am pleased to be able to share the stories of great Delaware -- and American -- women, all of whom have a place in the Hall of Fame of Delaware Women.

Iran's Gay Underground Railroad: 'Either You Want To Leave, Or You Want To Die'

The Huffington Post | Lauren Betesh | Posted 03.13.2014 | Gay Voices

If a man kisses another man in Iran, the punishment is flogging. Sodomy is punishable by death. These laws make it nearly impossible to be a...

For the Freedom of Enslaved Infants in Puerto Rico, 1850s

Virginia Sanchez-Korrol | Posted 04.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Virginia Sanchez-Korrol

On a quiet Sunday afternoon in 1856, two gentlemen stood inconspicuously by the Plaza Mayor de Mayagüez, where it is said the bones of ancient Tainos...

Keep Going: Harriet Tubman's Legacy

Sue Shanahan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Sue Shanahan

Harriet was born into slavery and raised in a world with no hope. Still, she dreamed her dreams and did what she had to do. She broke the law of the land by following the North Star to freedom. Where did a woman who was whipped as a child get that kind of courage?

Feeding The Hungry On Halloween

William Lambers | Posted 12.27.2013 | Impact
William Lambers

There is more to Halloween than you might think. Yes, it's about monsters and ghouls, and the fear of the unseen. Do not let Halloween 'trick" you th...

The Frederick Douglass Free Public Library

Ken Blackwell | Posted 11.20.2013 | DC
Ken Blackwell

He was born in a dirt floor slave cabin in Maryland's Talbot County. He died at Cedar Hill, his stately Victorian mansion in the nation's capital. There are few stories of our history as inspiring as that of Frederick Douglass. And his passion for learning can be an example for today's young people of all races and creeds.

Parents OUTRAGED Over Slavery Reenactment Field Trip

The Huffington Post | Amanda Scherker | Posted 09.20.2013 | Black Voices

A Connecticut school is facing backlash from parents following a controversial school trip that took place last year. James and Sandra Baker, pare...

Don't Mess With Harriet Tubman

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

The questions raised by Russell Simmons' "Harriet Tubman sex tape" and also by the "Slap Hillary" video game (which, unlike the sex tape, is still up) are simple and succinct: Why is violence against women a joke to men? Why is disrespecting female historical figures OK?

NYC Underground Railroad Site In Court Battle

AP | COLLEEN LONG | Posted 08.08.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A brick row house that is one of only two documented stops in New York City on the Underground Railroad has a new penthouse with oversized...

See the Adirondacks Like Your Grandaddy Did (With Better Food and Bedding)

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 10.08.2013 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

As you squeeze through walls of rock in an inflatable raft on a chute of whitewater, you might experience the nirvana that tourists did back in the '70s -- the 1870s, that is.

Preserving the Underground Railroad's Only Manhattan Station

John Tepper Marlin | Posted 06.15.2013 | New York
John Tepper Marlin

The only documented underground railway site on the island of Manhattan is the Gibbons Underground Railway Site at what used to be known as Lamartine Place, 339 West 29th Street, between 8th and 9th Avenues.

Patrice Peck

A Black Church Steeped in History Strives To Regain Glory Days

HuffingtonPost.com | Patrice Peck | Posted 08.29.2012 | Black Voices

Deaconess Mary Cooper sat in an empty, front row pew at the Rossville A.M.E. Zion church reflecting on the summer roasts held in the congregation’s ...

Anti-Gay Pundit Calls For 'Underground Railroad' Kidnapping To Save Gay Parents' Kids

Posted 08.08.2012 | Gay Voices

A prominent anti-gay pundit has sparked the ire of many in the blogosphere after calling for an "Underground Railroad to deliver innocent children fro...

Early Underground Railroad Ran South To Florida

AP | BRUCE SMITH | Posted 03.18.2012 | Black Voices

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- While most Americans are familiar with the Underground Railroad that helped Southern slaves escape north before the Civil War, the...

David Sands

Bicycling Through History's Underground Railroad

HuffingtonPost.com | David Sands | Posted 02.23.2012 | Detroit

Detroiters and bike adventurers have a new way to learn about the city's importance to the Underground Railroad. The Adventure Cycling Association,...

Trymaine Lee

Harriet Tubman's Spirit Lives On In Her Descendants

HuffingtonPost.com | Trymaine Lee | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices

Valery Ross Manokey doesn’t make the trip as often as she used to, but every now and then she’ll head down to her family’s old homestead in the ...

Harriet Tubman Gets The Wax Treatment For DC Museum

AP | Posted 02.08.2012 | Arts

WASHINGTON -- Descendants of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman have unveiled a wax statue of the woman who led hundreds of slaves to freedom at The Pr...

PHOTOS: Harriet Tubman's Descendants Gather At D.C. Wax Museum

AP | Posted 02.07.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Descendants of Harriet Tubman have gathered at The President's Gallery by Madame Tussauds and unveiled a wax statue of the woman who led...

PHOTOS: Underground Railroad B&Bs Offer A Cozy Look At Raw History

Andrew Burmon | Posted 02.08.2012 | Travel

The book case in the plush room upstairs still opens into a secret passage, but the spot where slaves fled through a trap door is now occupied by a ja...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: The Great Migration

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 04.02.2012 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

This is the second in a series about the ancestry of the First Lady. The introduction can be found here: Michelle Obama's Ancestors: Chicago Beginni...

Slavery and the Law Takes an Honest Look at Our History

Alan Singer | Posted 01.08.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Slavery and the Law documents the creation of a mural by Brooklyn teenagers, interweaving their journey with an examination of the legal status of enslaved Africans in Colonial America up until the American Civil Rights Movement.

Top 10 Ways the Congressional Black Caucus Should be More Like Allen West

Katie Halper | Posted 11.01.2011 | Comedy
Katie Halper

I doubt that any members of the Congressional Black Caucus got any sleep last night. I'm sure they were tossing and turning, sick with worry and regret, trembling in fear over Allen West's threat to leave the caucus.

5 Weeks for Freedom on the Underground Railroad

Marlen Suyapa Bodden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marlen Suyapa Bodden

A team of bike riders, all ordinary people, is preparing to cycle 1,800 miles of the Underground Railroad over five weeks to raise awareness about modern day slavery.

Black History Month Events In New York

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

As we enter the second week of Black History Month, New York City is offering a host of activities to participate in. There are lectures, concerts, fi...