Stories of Flight from Maryland

Exhibit Introduction

This exhibit was created and designed between 2010 and 2011 in part to meet matching requirements of a U.S. Department of Education Office of Post Secondary Education Grant to study the Underground Railroad in five counties of Maryland's Eastern Shore, including Dorchester, Caroline, Queen Anne's, Talbot and Kent. The five panel traveling exhibit will be displayed in various historical institutions throughout Maryland. This online version of the exhibit seeks to provide a gateway into more detailed research materials available at the Maryland State Archives. It also hopes to reflect the width and breadth of a ten year project which has thus far uncovered the lives of more than a hundred thousand Blacks and Whites who struggled with an institution that was both immensely profitable and morally reprehensible. For a more expansive review of this study, please visit the Beneath The Underground Railroad: The Flight to Freedom website at

This exhibit is currently on display at the Maryland State Archives, Reginald F. Lewis, Maryland Historical Society, Rose Hill Manor Park and Children's Museum.
To schedule this exhibit for your location please contact Emily Oland Squires.