This is a portal to resources on the movement of freedom seekers and the networks of the Underground Railroad in Illinois.
Introduction -- a brief outline of changes over time. Websites -- a directory to a wide variety of sources in Illinois. Northeast Illinois -- developing range of materials on what is now the Chicago metropolitan region. Chicago Exodus -- essay on events of early April, 1861, in Chicago and national reports on this. CHURN -- web page for the Chicagoland Historical Underground Railroad Networks, Inc. Will County -- resources and exhibit on the UGRR in Will County, Illinois. Freedom Corridor -- for an eventual multi state and province planning and development effort. Journeys -- narratives by and about freedom seekers who traveled and/or lived in Illinois. Other States -- resources in nearby states. Maps -- copies of and links to maps related to the patterns and networks of the UGRR. Bibliography -- seeks to be comprehensive on Illinois materials on freedom seekers and the UGRR. "Quilt Code" -- Brief comments on the unfortunate connection of the UGRR and quilts. Contact -- will lead you to Larry McClellan.
The base map above is from Mitchell's 1852 map of Midwestern states.