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Through education and inspiration, we can encourage everyone to take part in the ongoing struggles for freedom.


Our Mission

We reveal stories about freedom's heroes, from the era of the Underground Railroad to contemporary times, challenging and inspiring everyone to take courageous steps for freedom today.


"It ought to concern every person, because it's a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at the social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime.

I'm talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name - modern slavery. Our fight against human trafficking is one of the great human rights causes of our time."

— President Barack Obama, September 25, 2012

Courage, Perseverance and Cooperation

The underlying theme of the Underground Railroad is that the path to freedom—historically and in contemporary times—is a constant struggle requiring courage, perseverance and cooperation among people of diverse backgrounds willing to help one another.

Our purpose is to tell the story of the struggle for freedom in the United States through exhibits and programs that focus on America's battle to rid itself of the ugly scourge of slavery and treat all its citizens with respect and dignity.