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The Underground Railroad, painted by Charles T. Webber, 1891.

Date created
1891
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  • Antebellum North Carolina: Primary sources and readings explore North Carolina in the antebellum period (1830–1860). Topics include slavery, daily life, agriculture, industry, technology, and the arts, as well as the events leading to secession and civil war. (Page 1.5)

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painting of the underground railroad

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The Underground Railroad, painted by Charles T. Webber for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, celebrates abolitionists’ efforts to end slavery. It depicts Levi Coffin, his wife Catharine, and Hannah Haddock, all friends of the artist, leading a group of fugitive slaves to freedom on a winter morning. The setting of the painting may be the Coffin farm in Cincinnati.