Maritime Underground Railroad Waterfront

National Park Service Underground Railway Network to Freedom, Maritime Underground Railroad Site, Waterfront Park, located at the foot of South Broad Street. The Maritime Underground Railroad was composed of a network of African American watermen who worked with individuals of other races and occupations to identify sympathetic seamen to arrange passage on ships for freedom-seekers escaping enslavement. Few written accounts of this network exist, whereas Harriet Jacobs, a woman born into slavery in Edenton, who escaped to become a well-known abolitionist and author is here and well documented in her 1861 autobiography, “Incidents in the life of a Slave Girl”.

The site is open to the public without charge and included in the Harriet Jacobs Tour and Black History Tour offered at Historic Edenton, State Historic Site.


108 North Broad Street
Edenton, NC 27932



9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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