underground railroad

by ANGELICA A. MORRISON / Bridge crossing in Niagara Falls NY location where Harriet Tubman helped runaway slaves escape to Canada.

More than 150 years ago, the Great Lakes region played a key role in the Underground Railroad. Runaway slaves made their way to cities along the lakes and crossed the border to freedom in Canada. Fast forward to today, when thousands of asylum seekers are passing up a chance to live in the U.S. – and are heading north too.