lantern.jpgThe Underground Railroad was not a railroad, nor was it underground. It is reported that it got its name in 1831, when Tice Davids, an escaped slave from Maysville, Kentucky, swam across the Ohio River and disappeared. Even though his owner, who was following Davids, watched closely to see where Davids had gone, he was not able to locate Davids once he got across the river himself. This led him to remark, "He must have gone on an underground road."

(Source: Young, Darlene. "The Underground Railroad." The Courier-Journal. [Online] 7 April 2007. <http://www.courier-journal.com/foryourinfo/020303/020303.html>)

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