Monroe County Underground Railroad Resources

The Underground Railroad (UGRR) is a name for a secret communication network and routes used by enslaved Blacks and their supporters, all who took enormous risks to break the law to find a place to live free.

Oral history––which is not hard evidence––instructs that Monroe County did indeed have an active and choreographed movement to shelter and transport African Americans. The Covenanters or Presbyterians are consistently identified in this movement, offering money, food, blankets, horses, or a safe place to stay the night.