The History of the Underground Railroad in Orange County
presented by Linda Zimmermann
Local author and researcher, Linda Zimmermann, will talk about the Underground Railroad in Orange County. This presentation will highlight some of the dramatic stories of slaves, abolitionists, and bounty hunters that took place in our own backyards.
Throughout Orange County, NY, prior to the Civil War, runaway slaves hid in dark corners of basements, in secret rooms behind coal bins, and in abandoned mine shafts. Orange was a very active hub of the Underground Railroad as these fugitives ran for their lives and freedom in Canada, often with federal agents in hot pursuit. Local residents risked heavy fines, imprisonment, and even torture, as they provided food, shelter, and transportation for these exhausted and terrified men, woman, and children. Space is limited – registration is required.
Tuxedo Park Library
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