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September is International Underground Railroad Month– Join Us and Participate

OTD invites you to join us in commemorating International Underground Railroad Month during the month of September. Governor Larry Hogan proclaimed the first International Underground Railroad Month in 2019 to acknowledge the significance of the Underground Railroad’s contribution to the eradication of slavery in the United States, and as a cornerstone for a more comprehensive civil rights movement that followed. It honors the inspiring efforts of people from around the world who have committed themselves to document, interpret, and share with the public the history of the Underground Railroad. OTD, Michigan Freedom Trail Commission, and the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom (NTF) program are working to expand International Underground Railroad Month to multiple states, Canada, and the Caribbean.

Some ways you can participate include developing trip suggestions and tourism opportunities to promote Underground Railroad sites in your region and share them with OTD. Develop programs–either on site or virtually–to commemorate and educate about the Underground Railroad. Participate in OTD’s social media campaign for International Underground Railroad Month. A full social media campaign tool kit will be released at the beginning of August. If your site is in the NPS’s Network to Freedom, participate in the NTF passport program. Identify and share web-based content (video, virtual tours. etc.) that explores Underground Railroad content at your site with OTD. Contact Heather Ersts, OTD Partnership and Outreach Manager, for information about nominating your Underground Railroad story for the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom. For more information, and to share content, contact Heather Ersts, at