New Permanent Exhibition NOW OPEN!

About the Exhibition

The Underground Railroad: Freedom Seekers on the B&O Railroad examines the role of the physical railroad in the Underground Railroad network and gives an intimate look at the lives and journeys of 27 individuals who sought freedom from slavery along the B&O. The exhibition is located in the museum’s historic Mt. Clare Station – a National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom Site and the exact location through which eight Freedom Seekers, including Henry “Box” Brown and William and Ellen Craft, traveled. The exhibition also examines the Black travel experience during this time as well as the use of railroad terminology as a secret, coded language for Freedom Seekers.

Exhibition highlights include an immersive 180-degree multimedia experience and a new recording of Henry “Box” Brown’s own song produced in collaboration with the Howard University Department of Music. It is likely that many more people’s stories are undocumented or yet to be rediscovered. Research is ongoing and the museum is committed to continuing to document and provide a voice to these harrowing journeys.

The Underground Railroad, organized by the 1830s, was an American network of abolitionists who aided and sheltered enslaved people seeking freedom from slavery prior to emancipation in 1863. During this period, a new technology was born that quickly revolutionized transportation and communication around the world – the railroad. The Baltimore and Ohio (B&O) Railroad, the first commercial railroad in the United States, was founded in Baltimore at this exact location in 1827. The B&O Railroad, located between the American North and South, opened a vital rail link between Washington, DC and Baltimore in 1835. These two cities were located along the primary Underground Railroad route to Pennsylvania, a key destination as the southernmost northern state where slavery was outlawed.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of our sponsors:

GOLD SPONSORS | $100,000+ 
The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom. *

BRONZE SPONSORS | $25,000 – $49,999 
Genesee & Wyoming Inc.
Norfolk Southern

The Baltimore Community Foundation
Baltimore Heritage
The Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation
The Maryland Historical Trust
Preservation Maryland

*Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Evelyn Chatmon
Co-chair Archives and Artifacts Ministry of Union Baptist Church
Retired, Former Assistant Superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools

Bria Chavis
Middle School Teacher, Maryland Public Schools

Teisha Dupree-Wilson, PhD
Assistant Professor of History, Coppin State University

Christopher Haley
Director, Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, Maryland State Archives

Paula Phillips
Director, Faculty & Residency Site Coordinator, MFA in Community Arts Program, MICA

More Upcoming Underground Railroad Events

The B&O Railroad Museum is proud to host events and activities related to our exhibit, The Underground Railroad: Freedom Seekers on the B&O Railroad throughout 2023 — with live performances, lectures, and more.

More upcoming events at the B&O

The Underground Railroad

Exhibition Now Open!

Live in Concert: Howard University’s Afro Blue Ensemble & Department of Music

April 21 @ 6:30 PM

Spring Break at the B&O

April 3-7

Easter Weekend at the B&O

April 7-9

Restoration Shop Tour

April 15, May 20 & June 18 @ 11:30 AM

Screen Painting at the B&O

May 26 – June 11

Roundhouse Roof Collapse

20th Anniversary

Toddler Time

Every other Thursday, January – October @ 10:30 AM


Returning in 2023!

Bank of America Model Train Gallery

See Baltimore landmarks in miniature


Vicki A.
Brunswick, MD

This was an amazing museum to visit! A must see in Baltimore. Starting with the ease of parking...Right onsite and FREE!

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