Research and Education

Research and Education

The role of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is to educate, convene and inspire everyone to take courageous steps of freedom, inside and outside of our walls. We do this through ongoing new research in both modern aboliiton and the Underground Railroad, and we continue to look for new ways to create dialogue on the issues of freedom locally, nationally and globally. 

Our recent work includes:

  • Hosting more than 40,000 students annually 
  • Convening 150 historians to fuel mordern abolition through the connections of the Underground Railroad as part of the Historians Against Slavery Conference
  • Providing training to area teachers on the role of the Emancipation Proclamation through an exclusive partnership with Yale University
  • Creating a Solomon Northup tour to give context to the true story behind the new movie, 12 Years a Slave
  • Showing our original documentary Journey to Freedom in 50+ US embassies around the world
  • Sharing historical perspectives on our blog and through our Freedom Stations