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Experience the Underground Railroad in Delaware

As thoroughfare on the Underground Railroad, Delaware served a critical role in assisting slaves in their pursuit of freedom, and many stops are still possible to visit today! Follow the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Byway throughout the state to lead you to top Underground Railroad sights. View highlights of the byway, including stops on the Railroad, and additional points of interest below!

“Unwavering Courage in the Pursuit of Freedom”
Wilmington
Admire a masterful bronze statue depicting Harriet Tubman and Thomas Garrett guiding slaves along the Underground Railroad. Take time to enjoy the surrounding Riverfront Park named for the abolitionists.

Mitchell Center for African American Heritage at the Delaware History Museum
Wilmington
The Center collects, preserves and researches African American History and features the exhibition “Journey to Freedom” which explores Delaware’s African American history back to the first black resident Antoni Swart, who was transported from the West Indies in 1639.

New Castle Courthouse Museum
New Castle
Take a tour of the Courthouse where The trials of abolitionists Thomas Garrett and John Hunn were held and learn about the Underground Railroad in an exhibit at this National Historic Landmark built in 1732.

Appoquinimink Meeting House
Odessa
Constructed in 1785, this Quaker Meeting House was a site of refuge and shelter for runaway slaves on the trail to freedom.

Corbit-Sharp House
Odessa
This National Landmark, built in 1774, served as salves’ safe harbor along their dangerous journey and the property demonstrates the significance of local land and water routes which lead to freedom.

Camden Friends Meeting House
Camden
This house of worship built in central Delaware in 1805 was a hub of anti-slavery minded individuals who assisted countless slaves in their quest for freedom.