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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.
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