This tour website, tapintohistory.net, was designed to provide an accurate and educational self-guided tour of Underground Railroad history in Bellefonte, Pa. Sources are provided for each featured location or "stop" on the tour.
It is important to know that all of the "Stops" on this tour are NOT documented "Sites" on the Underground Railroad; however, each stop was chosen because of their connections to Underground Railroad history in Bellefonte, Pa. For example, the Centre County Courthouse is not considered a documented Underground Railroad site, but when freedom seekers were captured as "runaway slaves," they were remanded into slavery within that very Courthouse (see the 1826 Bellefonte Patriot at Stop #2). While this tour focuses on Bellefonte, additional features and locations across Centre County are envisioned for the future.
Starting with the Bellefonte Art Museum, the tour stops are organized (numbered 1-6) in the recommended order for taking the tour (walking or driving this tour takes approximately 1 hour). Participants of this tour should remain in public spaces/areas and take full responsibility for their own safety and actions.
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This project is an initiative by the Leadership Centre County (LCC) Junto group, Centre Servers (Class of 2022). Our mission is to highlight, and make publicly available, Underground Railroad and Black history in Centre County, Pennsylvania.
It is a collaboration between community partners and organizations who support the same mission including the following:
We also want to thank our sponsor iPHET for making this project possible.
If you would like to support this project's mission, please consider donating to the above links. Any donations to these beneficiaries will be applied to educational programs focusing on Underground Railroad history and Black history in Centre County. Please write Tap Into History in the donation description.