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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- Also with Gwen Wright Bettie Page Slide Is this a lost Bettie Page image by Irving Klaw?
- Also with Gwen Wright Revolutionary War Poem How did this poem, written by an American prisoner in England in 1780 end up in Oregon 200 years later?
- Also with Gwen Wright Special Agent Five How did this tale of robbery and murder help FBI director J. Edgar Hoover consolidate his power?
- Related Investigation Anti-Slavery Flag Did this old sheet found in a family trunk contribute to the end of slavery in America?
- Also in Season 5 Women's Suffrage Painting What role did this watercolor painting play in securing women the right to vote?
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