About Freedom Crossing

When I found I had crossed that line I looked at my hands to see if I was the same person. There was such a glory over everything…and I felt as if I was in Heaven.
– Harriet Tubman

Hear the stories.
Discover the history.
Experience the legacy.

The Niagara River was often the last crossing for people escaping slavery in America. From the early 1800s until the end of the Civil War in 1865, thousands of fugitive slaves passed through Buffalo Niagara on the Underground Railroad, as they traveled to freedom in Canada.

The Underground Railroad Exhibit at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center, “Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara,” serves to tell this story through:

  • Historic photographs
  • Artifacts, including historic documents
  • Books and real life stories
  • Interactive stations
  • Contemporary artwork

Brochures and maps will also lead you to Underground Railroad sites throughout the region.

“Freedom Crossing: The Underground Railroad in Greater Niagara Exhibit at the NACC” is part of the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area’s initiative. It was made possible through a gift from the Castellani Art Museum, and a grant from the Niagara Falls National Heritage Area.