Pathways to Freedom: Maryland and the Underground Railroad
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Can I ride on the Underground Railroad today?

Today, you can travel on the Underground Railroad by using your imagination. You can think of all the stories you have seen and heard. You can use your mind to go back in history. You can imagine what it was like to walk for days in the woods, to be hungry and cold, to be afraid of being caught. You can imagine what it was like to be hidden in a box or under a load of hay. You can imagine how scared you would be if you were wearing a disguise while you were riding on a train or boat, worrying all the while that someone would discover that you were a runaway. And you can imagine how relieved and glad you would feel when you made it safely to freedom and knew that you would never again be a slave.

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