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Rochester, New York

Rochester’s proximity to Lake Ontario made it an ideal destination for fugitives seeking freedom in Canada and thus home to many abolitionists and anti-slavery societies and newspapers. Isaac and Amy Post and the Porter family sheltered runaways in their homes and helped them into Canada. These families were also founding members in Rochester’s anti-slavery societies including the Western New York Anti-Slavery Society and the Rochester Ladies’ Anti-Slavery Society. Rochester was also home to famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his newspaper the North Star.

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This program was funded by the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural Program.