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South to freedom: Northwest Florida’s role in Underground Railroad

Northwest Florida is rich in history, but one part of its history has been getting more attention from historians in recent years. In September 2021, the Pensacola Pass was recognized as an Underground Railroad site by the National Park Service. The following year, in November, Fort Pickens attained the same status. Both sites are part of NPS’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, which consists of 700 listings in 39 states, plus Washington D.C. and the U.S. Virgin Islands.


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