- Historic Sites
A dramatic chapter in this country's struggle for human rights, the Underground Railroad was created by enslaved Africans who desired freedom passionately and risked their lives to attain it. Many people joined forces to guide escaping runaways through a system of secret trails and hiding places to sites where they could exist as free people. One of these hiding places was the Johnson House, where the Quaker Johnson family sheltered fugitive slaves on their third floor. Today, the Johnson House is the only accessible and intact Underground Railroad site in Philadelphia.