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Youngstown’s role in Underground Railroad to be discussed

YOUNGSTOWN – New research outlining Youngstown’s role in the Underground Railroad will be discussed when the Youngstown Heritage Tours and Tourism Committee presents another free walking tour of the village on Saturday.

Participants are asked to meet at 6 p.m. at Falkner Park, where local authors and historians Gretchen and Dennis Duling will present information they found confirming the role Youngstown played as one of the way stations and crossing points on the Niagara County Underground Railroad route to Upper Canada. Upper Canada abolished slavery in 1793 and Great Britain outlawed it in 1833, and the Dulings reason that various ports along the Niagara River, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario were used to escape north to freedom in Upper Canada.

After Gretchen Duling’s short talk, Dennis Duling will lead a walk through the village, pointing out where the couple believes Underground Railroad agents may have been active and where slaves may have been hidden until they were ferried across the Niagara River.

Register by calling the Town of Porter Historical Society at 745-1271, visit, or email The tour is free, but donations to help continue the committee’s volunteer work are appreciated.