Freedom Roads

Freedom Roads Graphic


Freedom Roads is a statewide trail system designed to:

  • Recognize the roads, rivers and ports in North Carolina that were crucial to the efforts of enslaved African Americans seeking freedom.
  • Recognize those freedom seekers whose stories testify to the indomitable spirit found in thousands who strove to be free.
  • Recognize those groups and individuals who supported and assisted the efforts of freedom seekers.
  • Highlight the story of freedom seeking via other avenues of liberation created during the Civil War.

Freedom Roads Sites include designations in the National Park Service’s Network to Freedom (NTF) Underground Railroad program, as well as other sites and routes recognized by historians and/or archaeologists as significant to African American freedom seeking.

Freedom Roads Sites

Explore Freedom Roads Sites across North Carolina. 


Connect with Freedom Roads educator resources, including lesson plans and classroom activities.



March 22, 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Finding Freedom: Freedom Seeking and the Underground Railroad in North Carolina

During this symposium, panelists will speak to the various, innovative ways in which freedom seeking narratives are being shared with local communities across North Carolina. Participants will hear from panelists that connect to their work to art, history and culture. 


Freedom Roads Educator Trainings

Underground Railroad history is complex. It may also prove challenging to share with younger audiences. This training is designed to equip educators (including classroom teachers, at-home educators, and museum educators) with the skills they need to share this history with younger audiences. Educators will also have the opportunity to understand how local resources can aid and enhance their efforts to share inclusive histories in the classroom.

The goals for Freedom Roads Trainings are:

  • To enhance participants’ knowledge about the efforts of enslaved people in North Carolina seeking freedom.
  • To dispel myths and historical inaccuracies about the Underground Railroad and other attempts of seeking freedom.
  • To provide working museum professionals the ability to learn alongside classroom teachers to enhance their ability to create useful classroom resources.
  • To allow museum professionals the ability to enhance their interpretive techniques.
  • To provide a venue where educators and museum professionals can network, learn and work collaboratively to create new and innovative ways to inform students, and museum/cultural site visitors, about the history, culture and legacy of the Underground Railroad and the efforts of enslaved people in North Carolina to seek freedom.

This Spring, trainings will take place at Stagville State Historic Site. All trainings are free and open to the public (though pre-registration is required).

2019 Training Dates

March 11, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. REGISTER HERE

May 6, 2019 | 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Training details.