Safe Station: New Bedford’s Underground Railroad
Safe Station tells the story of New Bedford’s unique history in opposition to slavery through the lens of local artists. Highlighting key figures and spaces central to the city’s African American community, each artists’ work reflects on the stories of self-emancipated people, the history of the Underground Railroad, and the New Bedford abolition movement. Featured artists include Alison Wells, Fitzcarmel LaMarre, and students from Our Sisters’ School. Local history and self-guided tours will be presented in collaboration with the New Bedford Historical Society and the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park. Visitors can also access interactive digital components, VR tours, and videos originally created for the New Bedford Historical Society and UMass Dartmouth’s exhibition, Black Spaces Matter: Celebrating New Bedford’s Abolition Row.
Explore New Bedford's Underground Railroad History
National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
The Network to Freedom helps to advance the idea that all human beings embrace the right to self-determination and freedom from oppression. The program consists of sites, locations with a verifiable connection to the Underground Railroad; programs, with educational and interpretive programs that pertain to the Underground Railroad; and facilities, either research, educational or interpretive centers. There are currently over 695 locations part of the network in 39 states, plus Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
See this exhibition in-person in Downtown New Bedford outdoors at the YMCA green space on Union Street, between N.2nd Street and N. Water Street from now to September 12. This exhibition will be shown free and open to the public.
New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Pop-up Performance
Music is both a doorway and a shelter. Musicians of the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert at our Custom House Square installation with a program of music that embodies the spirit of both these enduring values.