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The Underground Railroad on Long Island - Friends In Freedom - cover

The Underground Railroad on Long Island - Friends In Freedom

Kathleen G. Velsor

Publisher: The History Press

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Discover Long Island’s pivotal role in the Underground Railroad and the legacy that lives on today in this fascinating history and visitor’s guide.   From the arrival of the Quakers in the seventeenth century to the enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, Long Island played an important role in the Underground Railroad’s work to help enslaved people escape to freedom. Many of the safe houses are still standing today, and this informative volume provides all the information you need to see and explore this little-known chapter in Long Island history.   In Old Westbury, the members of the Westbury Meeting established a major stop on the freedom trail. In Jericho, families helped escaping slaves to freedom from the present-day Maine Maid Inn. Elias Hicks helped free 191 slaves himself and worked to create Underground Railroad safe houses in many northeastern cities. Some formerly enslaved people even established permanent communities across the island

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