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The life of a slave on a plantation was harsh. Many were brave and took a chance for a better life by escaping on the Underground Railroad. Two of the most famous, Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass, became conductors and helped other slaves escape. Many were not so well-known, but were just as brave. They wore disguises, changed their names, and relied on the help of abolitionists along the way.




Read about who they were and how they escaped.



Henry "Box" Brown
Link 1: Henry "Box" Brown (Spartacus)
Link 2: The African American Registry

Frederick Douglass
from Pathways to Freedom
Link 1 | Link 2

William & Ellen Craft
from The African American Registry: William and Ellen Craft escape to freedom

Ann Maria Weems
from Pathways to Freedom



Activity: Name 2 slaves who escaped and tell how they did it. Click the discussion tab above to post your answer.