Delaware's Underground Railroad

      " I say to thee and to all in this court room, that if anyone knows a fugitive who wants shelter....send him to Thomas Garrett and he will befriend him. "
Thomas Garrett, Delaware Underground Railroad Stationmaster
To: Roger B. Taney, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court

      The Underground Railroad was perhaps the most dramatic protest action against slavery in United States and Delaware history.   It was a clandestine operation that began during the colonial period, later, became part of organized abolitionist activity in the 19th century, and reached its peak in the period 1830-1865.

      The story of the Underground Railroad is one of individual sacrifice and heroism in the efforts of enslaved people to reach freedom from bondage.

      Below is information about Delaware's contribution to this part of United State History.   Should anyone like to contribute to this section or have additional information concerning Delaware's role please "email me" or at .....


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Russ Pickett

Last update: 7/19/2008