Legal backing for those working to keep or apprehend slaves. The laws attempted to make escape more difficult by punishing those who helped a slave escape.
History of Runaway Laws
Additional Online Resources
A site devoted to researching African Ancestry in the Americas and to genealogical research and resources.
Allegany County African American History
Cornell University: Freedom on the Move
Maryland Historical Society
NEW! Maryland Lynching Truth and Reconciliation Commission Website
National Geographic Underground Railroad
A site targeted for younger audiences.
View National Geographic Journey to Freedom Webpages
National Register Underground Railroad Travel Itinerary
National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Program
Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad
A site devoted to the Underground Railroad in Maryland by Maryland Public Television.
It includes many interactive activities and teaching resources on the Underground Railroad.
View Pathways to Freedom Website
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Slaves and Free African Americans, Reports and opinions from the newspapers of Hagerstown, Washington County, and Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland, 1790 to 1864
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries
Documenting the American South: North American Slave Narratives
An exceptional site with electronic copies of narratives recorded from former slaves.
View North American Slave Narratives Webpages