The Underground Railroad

Intersections: The Underground Railroad in Chautauqua County

Chautauqua County has many stories to tell about the Freedom Movement.  A slave capture (very rare this far north of the Mason-Dixon Line), one of the country’s most active black women station operators and strong abolition support are all parts of the local story of the Underground Railroad history.

Intersections: The Underground Railroad in Chautauqua County tells the story of the freedom movement in and through the western corner of New York State. The exhibit explores the local reaction to the slavery issue and the violent reaction to a slave capture in 1851, it points out the myths and truths about stations in the County and it tells the story of Catherine Harris, one of the most noted Operators on the trek north.

For more information about the Underground Railroad in New York State, visit the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor website.

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