Underground Friends: ‘A Slave in Need? Send Them to Me’

Underground Friends: ‘A Slave in Need? Send Them to Me’

March 30, 1849. At a secret location in Philadelphia, a box arrives, measuring 3 feet by 2 feet. Inside is fugitive slave Henry Brown.

Shipped from Richmond, Virginia, 27 hours earlier, he escaped with help from men on both sides of the racial divide.

“The Underground Railroad was collaborative,” Dr. Cassandra Newby-Alexander, director of Joseph Jenkins Roberts Center for African Diaspora Studies, said.

CBN News met with Dr. Newby-Alexander in her office at Norfolk State University.

“You needed partners, you needed blacks and whites working jointly together to help people escape from slavery. People have seen the Underground Railroad as the first integrated resistance movement,” she said.

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