by Tamela Baker, Herald Mail Media / The path to freedom for enslaved people before — and during — the Civil War was an arduous one. The goal for many was to reach the organized Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania. While the journey could remain treacherous even there, at least they would have some help.
That organized effort itself didn’t necessarily include Hagerstown, but situated just below the Pennsylvania border, the city was a place of connection for some who sought to escape.
Historian Emilie Amt has been researching Black history in Hagerstown and Washington County, and has collaborated with Visit Hagerstown to create a brochure detailing the sites in the city where those connections were made.
Download the Hagerstown Underground Railroad walking tour brochure.