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The Underground Railroad: Next Stop Freedom

Deborah Brown tells the true story of her heroic flight from a life of slavery in Maryland to her new life of freedom in 19th-century Toronto. This video presentation was created by Parks Canada in partnership with the Ontario Black History Society and the Royal Ontario Museum.

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Listen as Fred Johnson recalls the history of his family, told to him by his father about his grandfather, Gabriel Timberlake, who was enslaved in Kentucky.

An abolitionist working as an overseer suggested Timberlake, then 19 years old, run away with others who were planning an escape. Aided by Quakers and supporters, the young man chose to risk his life like so many others, in a bid for freedom. They followed the north star by wagon, foot and boat, determined to elude bounty hunters and slave catchers until they crossed the Detroit River to Amherstburg.

Learn more about our history at #Amherstburg Freedom Museum.

Listen to Kimberly Simmons tell the history of her great great great grandmother, Caroline Quarlls Watkins, the first Underground Railroad “passenger” in Wisconsin who made it to freedom in Canada.

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  • Nina Halty - June 9, 2019 reply

    Hello there,
    My name is Nina Halty and I am a PhD student in the History department at Harvard University. I am currently planning an archive trip to Canada in order to do some preliminary research for my dissertation, which is about fugitive slaves, and am hoping to visit the Amherstburg Freedom Museum this summer. I was just wondering what the museum’s procedure was concerning having visiting researchers and if there is anywhere I could look at some finding aids for the museum’s archival holdings? Or if you have any suggestions for other sites/archives/museums I should check out, please let me know! Any help or guidance you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

  • The Escape Network of the 1800s: The Underground Railroad… – Sharon Ledwith - January 20, 2020 reply

    […] track record! If you get a chance, please check out the Amherstburg Freedom Museum’s page called ‘Sharing Our Stories’, and watch some of the videos. I guarantee that you’ll rethink the meaning of FREEDOM, and what […]

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