Teachers learn about Mass. city's sea-based abolitionist past

The traditional understanding of the Underground Railroad doesn't include the sea as an escape route of slaves along the East Coast of the U.S., according to Timothy Walker, a University of Massachusetts Dartmouth associate professor. Walker recently led sessions on the topic during summer workshops for middle- and high-school teachers. Organized by the New Bedford Historical Society, the "Sailing to Freedom: New Bedford and the Underground Railroad" workshops highlighted the city's history of abolitionist activities, including those of one-time resident, Frederick Douglass.

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