The Underground Railroad was more than a route to freedom; it was a movement that transcended the lines of race and gender -- not just nationally, but here in Oneida County. The county's efforts along the freedom trail highlighted the cooperation of free and enslaved groups -- black, white, men, women who pushed New York State and the nation one step closer to universal freedom.

Our intern, Ashley Tourtelot, from Colgate University, will discuss her research on the Underground Railroad by examining how Oneida County weaved together social, political, and economic transformations that made the route to freedom possible. Ashley will do this by highlighting how abolitionist sentiments emerged and grew in central New York with the Oneida Institute while also spotlighting a few of Utica's own developments in the freedom struggle, including the Utica Riot, Utica Rescue, and Post Avenue settlements.