The Path to Freedom
Use these meaningful activities to help students begin to understand life on the Underground Railroad
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2, 3–5, 6–8
Using the Reproducible
Postage Stamp Honors
Many leaders of the Underground Railroad are memorialized on United States postage stamps. Students may already know about “conductors” Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and Frederick Douglass, who all have their own stamps. Invite your students to research online, beginning at http://www.undergroundrailroad.org/, to learn more about lesser-known figures (such as Henry “Box” Brown, who had himself shipped from Richmond to Philadelphia in a packing crate.) Encourage students to then design a postage stamp for one of these heroic men and women. As a follow-up activity, have each student write a letter to the Postal Service asking them to adopt the stamp. Their letters should explain why the stamp was created and what the pictures on it represent.