Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois
Illustrated programs on the movement of fugitive slaves into Illinois and through the Chicago region and the assistance given through the networks of the Underground Railroad.
Tours and programs on Regional and African American History South of Chicago A variety of options are available and may be designed to meet specific group and program needs.
Dr. Larry McClellan graduated from the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the Underground Railroad in Illinois and he was instrumental in gaining listings on the Network to Freedom national register of Underground Railroad sites for sites in Crete and Lockport. His consulting, research and writing focus on historic highways, the Underground Railroad in Illinois, and on African American and regional history south of Chicago. Major publications include 25 articles in the Encyclopedia of Chicago ; The Pontiac Trail, Route 66 and the Early Chicago to St. Louis Roads ; The Underground Railroad South of Chicago , and co-author of The Remarkable Journey of Caroline Quarlls, a Freedom Seeker on the Underground Railroad . His latest book, Barefoot to Chicago: Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois, will be published in 2022.