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 African American Comic Book Did the makers of this 1950s comic book have more than romance on their minds?
- Related Investigation Anti-Slavery Flag Did this old sheet found in a family trunk contribute to the end of slavery in America?
- Related Investigation Body In The Basement Are these the remains of an executed prisoner of war from an English Civil War battle?
- Also in Season 5 32' Ford Roadster Was this car among the popular hot rods that raced out at the dry lakes in the 1930s?
- Also with Gwen Wright Hitler Films Could these rusting film canisters contain unknown footage of one of the 20th century's most heinous murderers?
- Also in Season 5 Short Snorter Was this British ten-shilling note witness to the forging of the alliance between America and Britain?
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