Minnesota's Underground Railroad

Prior to the Civil War, Minnesota was a popular stop for southern tourists, many of whom brought enslaved people with them. A small group of abolitionists, both African Americans and European Americans, helped enslaved people gain their freedom by either escaping or courtroom proceedings. Click the links below and the items on the right-hand side to explore the Underground Railroad in Minnesota.


Affidavit of Eliza Winston, St. Cloud Democrat, September 6, 1860


Entrance to Winslow House, St. Anthony.


Steamers Grey Eagle, Frank Steele, Jeannette Roberts and Time and Tide at the lower levee, St. Paul

War and Rememberance African Americans In Minnesota The Home Front Minnesota's Soldiers Fort Snelling's Role