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Third graders learn about slavery, Underground Railroad

Students in Beth Tyrrell’s third grade class at Goshen Intermediate School recently presented their individual research projects about the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad was a network of secret routes and safe houses established in the United States during the early to mid-19th century to help African-American slaves escape to freedom. After reading the book “Who Conducted the Underground Railroad” by Peter Roop and Connie Roop, the students researched and presented their projects, which included diary entries from escaped slaves, creating quilts that were used as maps to help slaves escape, and biographies of slaves as well as underground railroad conductors who helped slaves escape.

Young girl reads from paper while adult woman holds a yellow quilt.
Riley Mastroserio presents her quilt “map” that uses symbols to help slaves escape slavery. “Follow the crossroads and cross the river to head north. Be sure to disguise your clothes, then follow the geese and follow the North Star to Canada to be free…to be free.”

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