THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD [1847-1851]
The struggle against slavery known as the Abolitionist Movement and the Underground Railroad were centered in New York City. New York was home to the North’s largest free Black urban population and created a robust atmosphere for Black New Yorkers to reject “gradualism” and embrace “immediatism,” which strongly influenced white abolitionists like Henry Lloyd Garrison. All across NYC, from Herald Square down to the Battery and Financial District as well as Dumbo, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights and Brownsville, abolitionists gathered and organized in the struggle to end slavery. According to the historian Eric Foner there are at least 23 locations in NYC and only three of them currently have markers. North Star NYC is a project of Water Over Rocksis working with government partners and cultural institutions across the City to mark, remember and celebrate the personalities and organizations that waged this historical struggle for liberty.