Bronzeville Historical Society

…Preserving, and protecting African American history and culture of Chicago

Underground Railroad Tours

Bronzeville Historical Society and Illinois Historic Preservation Society presents:

Underground Railroad Tours

The tour will include narration of architectural highlights of buildings, churches and gravesites.  Narratives of the efforts of abolitionists, union soldiers, and citizens from Chicago.  Quilts, photographs, maps and biographies will be displayed at selected Underground Railroad sites.   Profiles of heroic freedom seekers will be presented by our trained tour guides.

Underground Railroad tours are by group reservation.  For more information about how to book your tour, please contact us.

Places of Interest:

Quinn Chapel:  2401 S. Wabash,  Oldest African Methodist Episcopal Church
congregation in Chicago. Aided runaway slaves, use funds in Abolitionist efforts.

Clarke House Museum: 1827 S. Indiana, House survived Chicago Fire of 1871

Mercy Hospital:  2525 S. Michigan, Responded to Civil War medical needs
and resident disease outbreaks

Olivet Baptist Church:  3101 S. King Drive,  John Jones was trustee and one of the abolitionists at this church

Senator Stephen A. Douglas Tomb / IL CENTRAL RAILROAD:  636 E. 35th Street,  Douglas founded the original University of Chicago in 1857. 10 acres at the intersection of 35th & Cottage Grove were provided to build the institution.

Soldiers Home / Meyer Center:  3525 S. Lake Park Ave., (with honorable mention of St. Monica’s / St. Elizabeth Parish) The Meyer center was once a hospital for soldiers during the Civil War.

First Presbyterian Church:  6400 S. Kimbark, Congregation split over the issue of slavery.  Philo Carpenter took leadership in reaching Olivet Baptist Church to combine their abolitionist efforts.

Oak Woods Cemetery (Confederate Soldiers Mound):  1035 E. 67th Street, More than 5,000 are buried in this mound.

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