To understand the history of freedom seekers and the networks of the Underground Railroad, it is important to see movement across states and especially into Canada.  This helps to set the larger context for understanding this history in Illinois and the Chicago region.

Mitchell's map of 1852 is used to illustrate  a set of representative journeys by freedom seekers across the Midwest coming into and moving through Illinois.  [Green - John & Eliza Little-1840, Blue - Caroline Quarlls-1842, Red-brown - John & Mary Jones-1844, Yellow - JH Banks-1860]  Also on the map are the locations of African American settlements that provided direct support to freedom seekers.