Underground Railroad--South

Fairfield

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Perhaps you all know--but this is new to me. As a New Englander, I am keenly aware of the underground railroad here but I've stumbled upon the existence of an underground railroad that went westward and south (into Mexico): https://remezcla.com/features/culture/underground-railroad-into-mexico/ Another associated online article refers to the “ The Texas Runaway Slave Project ” at Stephen F. Austin State University (again, new to me). We learn new things all the time!
 

major bill

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This is an interesting article. I am not sure how much I have heard of the Southern Underground Railroad.
 
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The slaves escaping to the north used the Big Dipper as a reference, or so I read somewhere. They called it the "drinking gourd". This kept them headed in the northerly direction. Did the escaping slaves have a landmark or some other feature when heading to Mexico? The stars maybe?
 

Fairfield

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The slaves escaping to the north used the Big Dipper as a reference, or so I read somewhere. They called it the "drinking gourd". This kept them headed in the northerly direction. Did the escaping slaves have a landmark or some other feature when heading to Mexico? The stars maybe?
An interesting speculation. I don't know but it seems that escaping slaves who headed south had guides. Looking about for more information, I found: https://www.history.com/news/underground-railroad-mexico-escaped-slaves

Apparently earlier academic historians (John Hope Franklin, Loren Schweninger, Wilbur Siebert, J. Blaine Hudson) mentioned the southern route, but it wasn't until Maria Hammack--who was doing a doctor dissertation in Texas--the the issue became better known.
 
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