Women of the Underground Railroad Walking Tour - New Bedford Whaling Museum
A group on the Women of the Underground Walking Tour. They are standing in a parking lot in front of the 54th regiment mural downtown. They are listening to the two tour guides, one of whom is a park ranger.

Women of the Underground Railroad
Thursday, September 29, 2022 | 2:30 PM

Celebrate International Underground Railroad Month with a walking tour commemorating women who played important roles in New Bedford’s abolitionist movement. 

Join educators from New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and New Bedford Whaling Museum for a walk through downtown New Bedford to learn about the ways that women supported freedom seekers on the Underground Railroad. From housing fugitives to raising funds, women were central to providing safe harbor for men, women, and children escaping slavery. 

This tour is FREE. It begins at the Whaling Museum and ends at the Nathan & Polly Johnson  House on Seventh Street and Spring Street.

Some of the amazing women featured include:
• Cornelia Grinnell & Harriet Jacobs
• Anna Murray Douglass
• Jane Jackson
• Polly Johnson and Weston Sisters
• Lucinda Clark Bush

For more information on our Lighting the Way project, please click here.

Led in Partnership with the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park.