The tragedy of events that led to the organization of the Underground Railroad in America and Canada in the 18th and 19th centuries forced exceptional individuals to rise above and transcend the everyday horrors of slavery. The institution of slavery in North America was an atrocity for all of humanity, but the tireless dedication of a few courageous souls helped to keep hope afloat during this dark period in human history. The influential individuals who helped to make the Underground Railroad a reality lent their voices to one of the greatest and most inspirational stories ever told. This portion of our web site is devoted to telling the stories of some of the Influential Voices who helped to construct a system of escape known as the Underground Railroad.