Women and the Underground Railroad conference in July: The National Park Service, National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom (NTF) Program and friends, will host its annual 2014 National Underground Railroad Conference in Detroit, Michigan, July 16-20, 2014. The theme for this year’s conference is “*I Resolved Never to Be Conquered”:Women and the Underground Railroad.” Many women’s rights activists were also involved in the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.
The sentiment, “I Resolved Never to be Conquered,” that was penned by freedom seeker Harriet Jacobs, shows her determination “though one of God’s most powerless creatures” to retain control over herself and her body despite her enslaved status. The conference’s focus on women recognizes NTF program’s new organizational link with the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Monument (HATU) and will explore that while Tubman has been the dominant image of women and the Underground Railroad, her involvement is part of a larger story of women’s participation in the movement as freedom seekers and as operatives.
Matilda Joslyn Gage Foundation in Fayetteville, NY continues its reorganization with the election of new board members. Though the staff has been reduced, commitments for tours and programs remain a priority.