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 Harlem Heirs How is this ornate document connected to the earliest settlers of New York City and a potential multi-million dollar land dispute?
- Also with Gwen Wright Powder Horn Who is the man etched into this powder horn?
- Related Investigation Lafayette China Did the Marquis de Lafayette give this china set to the popular wife of the Patriot Mayor?
- Related Investigation Rebel Whiskey Flask Is this flask a relic from the historic "Whiskey Rebellion" of 1794?
- Also in Expansion: 1801-1861 Bartlett Sketchbook Does a leather bound sketchbook hold the key to some of the US' most significant history?
- Also with Gwen Wright Houdini Poster Could these be original theatre posters of the greatest magician on earth?
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