Freedom Crossing Monument, Lewiston, New York
During the early to mid 1800s, Lewiston was one of the last U.S. stops on the Underground Railroad before fugitive slaves escaped into Canada. Here they crossed the Niagara River by boat. This monument is on the U.S. side but you can see Canada on the other side of the river.
Close up of mother and child
The Underground Railroad was an informal network of homes and trails that helped slaves on their dangerous journey, secreting them from bounty hunters and slave catchers hired to take slaves back to their owners.
Pointing to Canada...and FREEDOM
Many good people living in Lewiston volunteered to help thousands of slaves across the border. Amazingly, it's believed that no one in Lewiston gave away their secret until after the U.S. Civil War.
This monument was dedicated in 2009 to commemorate the courage of Lewiston's citizens who helped and protected many slaves on their journey to freedom.
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