A hand-drawn map a woman from New Jersey picked up at an estate sale is entitled “Meetings of Friends” and describes in crude strokes the State of Ohio in the early 19th century. Could this be a map of the fabled Underground Railroad?
Experts verify that the map dates to circa 1815 and plots the locations of key Quaker houses of worship in that day.
Delving deeper into the history of the faith, we make some extraordinary discoveries about how Quakers roused anti-slavery sentiment.
History Detectives tracks cartographic clues to investigate the important role Quakers played in the underground railroad and launching the abolitionist movement.
- Also with Gwen Wright Thomas Edison's House Was this New Jersey home built by inventor Thomas Edison?
- Also in Season 5 Ernie Pyle's Typewriter Did America’s most beloved battlefront correspondent bang out his dispatches on this Corona 3?
- Also in Expansion: 1801-1861 Lafitte's Spyglass Did this spyglass really belong to a fearless cutthroat pirate?
- Related Investigation Lucy Parson's Book Was the legendary anarchist the owner of this manifesto found in a library?
- Also in Expansion: 1801-1861 Cherokee Bible What can this bible written in Cherokee tell us about one of the darkest chapters in Indian history?
- Related Investigation Women's Suffrage Painting What role did this watercolor painting play in securing women the right to vote?
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