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Perhaps not widely known is the role Washington played for escaped slaves, in securing freedom in a passage to the North. As for prior to slaves’ arrival at the Underground Railroad, noted were codes, songs, and quilt patterns containing information about planned escapes and uprisings on plantations. Also discussed was factors behind choosing Washington as a thoroughfare and information not so widely known related to the Underground Railroad. As for information collaborating with oral histories compiled by the Works Project Administration in the 1920s and 1930s, noted also was local Leesa Jones’s efforts in gathering orally passed down information from other locals about these topics.
This article features the Washington Underground Railroad Museum, created in 2016 in Washington, Beaufort County in a downtown caboose. The National Park Service named the Washington waterfront as Underground Railroad to Freedom site in 2014. The museum is run by Leesa Jones and gives a pictorial history of slavery in Washington and Beaufort County.