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The present-day City of Niagara Falls, formerly known as the Village of Niagara Falls and Suspension Bridge, played a critical role in the Underground Railroad. Niagara Falls was an established border crossing that was readily accessible via numerous transportation routes, including the Erie Canal. There was a well-established network of abolitionists and anti-slavery activists in western New York.

A primary goal of the Underground Railroad Heritage Area is to rediscover and promote this important aspect of the City’s history for the benefit of both residents and visitors.

Map of the Village of Niagara Falls and Suspension Bridge Village c. 1854

Teachers Resources

Planning a group tour? Take a look at our educational resources that include videos, lesson plans and educational resources that will help you facilitate discussions about freedom seekers!


Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center

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