lantern.jpgA secret language developed around the Underground Railroad that included coded words and phrases. The UGRR got its name from the popularity of steam engines in the mid-1800's. Words used on real railroads were adopted by agents on the UGRR so that talking about 'stations,' 'conductors,' and 'baggage' would not arouse suspicion.




Learn some of the secret words



Link 1: Underground Railroad Code Words and Phrases

Link 2: Pathways to Freedom | Secrets: Signs and Symbols | Language of the Railroad


Activity: Use some of the words or phrases to write a telegram to an abolitionist letting them know that escaped slaves are headed their way. Keep it short and use the word 'stop' where you want a period. Click the 'discussion' tab above to post your telegram.