Documenting Association of Properties with the Underground Railroad

Author(s): Michael Striker; Bridget Striker; Eric Jackson

Year: 2018


Activities related to the Underground Railroad were both ephemeral and illicit. As a result, the little direct evidence that might have existed was often destroyed or hidden. How then, can the association of a property with the Underground Railroad be established, and what does it mean for a property to have integrity? Using case studies from Boone County, Kentucky, we demonstrate how the accumulation of indirect evidence can document this association and what integrity might mean for different property types such as archaeological sites, buildings, routes of travel, and river crossing locations.

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Documenting Association of Properties with the Underground Railroad. Michael Striker, Bridget Striker, Eric Jackson. Presented at The 82nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington, DC. 2018 ( tDAR id: 444353)

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Abstract Id(s): 21357