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“The Global Underground Railroad: How Enslaved People Communicated Resistance and Sought Freedom Across the World”

Location Address: Atrium; 825 Depot Avenue West, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Hybrid event ; $8 singles, $12 couples, $25 families

Event Description: In a world of enslavement, it is important to understand that communication was in itself an act of resistance. As enslavers attempted to assert complete control over enslaved people and isolate them from not only their homes and their families, but also from networks of information, communication was a way to resist oppression and maintain some sort of autonomy. In the US, we are traditionally taught about the Underground Railroad in the context of the North and the South, but freedom seekers all over the world formed networks of communication and organized resistance. Enslaved people in the South not only had connections to Freedom Seekers in Niagara Falls to aid them in their escape, but they were also connected to networks of communication that spanned across the Caribbean, South America, and the West Indies. In this presentation, we will be taking a closer look at how information was passed amongst enslaved people in the Atlantic World from revolts, maritime travel, and the Underground Railroad. We will also take a look at how this history has been taught and understood in American history books, contributing to our understanding of organized resistance.

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January 25
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm