Cheryl Janifer LaRoche‘s book, Free Black Communities and the Underground Railroad, examines the “geography of resistance” and tells the powerful and inspiring story of African Americans ensuring their own liberation in the midst of oppression.

LaRoche shows how landscape features, such as waterways, iron forges, and caves, played a key role in the conduct and effectiveness of the Underground Railroad. LaRoche focuses on free African American communities and the crucial help they provided to individuals fleeing slavery, and the terrain where those flights to freedom occurred. Outstanding among them was Boston’s powerful community on the north slope of Beacon Hill, considered the nexus of the abolitionist movement.

The author visited Boston to discuss the book at theĀ African American Meeting House. A video was archived by the WBGH Boston Forum.

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