October 5, 2021
The B&O Railroad Museum announces it has been officially designated a National Park Service’s Network to Freedom Underground Railroad Site. Additionally, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded the Museum a $200,000 Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan (#SHARP) grant for the Rails to Freedom: New Research and Interpretation on the B&O Railroad’s Role in the Underground Railroad.
The B&O Railroad Museum has definitively documented that at least eight freedom seekers traveled through the B&O’s Mt. Clare Station, the current home of the Museum, constructed in 1851 as the first passenger station. It is the oldest surviving building on the Museum’s grounds and is a national historic landmark.
The Museum’s exhibit will share the stories of the freedom seekers’ ingenuity as well as the role the physical railroad played in the Underground Railroad examining in particular the actions of the B&O Railroad. This will be a permanent exhibit at the Museum, and one of the only in the country to explore the role of the physical railroad.
The NEH grant affords the Museum the opportunity to continue its research as the Museum believes there may be more than eight freedom seekers who traveled through Mt. Clare, and to interpret its site and the stories of the brave freedom seekers whose lives intersected with the B&O Railroad.
Source: The B&O Railroad Museum