Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara - Castellani Art Museum - Niagara University
arrows HomeContact UsSite Map
 

Explore the Underground Railroad

Explore the Underground Railroad
During the 1800s, many fugitive slaves came through the Buffalo Niagara region, crossing over to Canada—and to freedom. They used the Suspension Bridge and the Niagara River at Black Rock, near Buffalo. They traveled on boats from Lewiston and Youngstown. And some even swam. The Underground Railroad—a secret network of people who assisted those escaping slavery by providing money, food, clothing, and temporary shelter—made this journey possible.

The interpretive center at the Castellani Art Museum, “Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara,” tells the story of the Underground Railroad Movement in Buffalo Niagara—and of the people who risked their lives, all in the name of freedom. Learn more…

Freedom Crossing depicts the people, places, and events of the Underground Railroad Movement in the Buffalo Niagara region through historic photographs, artifacts, and real life stories.

Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara is housed in the Castellani Art Museum, situated in the middle of Niagara University’s campus, just minutes from Niagara Falls. 

Before visiting Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara, we recommend reading through some of these resource materials, which include websites and books for children and adults.

Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara is an important resource for students and teachers, demonstrating the role Niagara played in the Underground Railroad Movement.