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Uniontown in Fayette County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Underground Railroad
 
Underground Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2007
1. Underground Railroad Marker
 
Inscription. The path to freedom led this way for slaves fleeing the South in the years before the Civil War. Here, they were given haven and helped along their journey by local people, through one of the key stations on the Underground Railroad, in a house on Baker Alley.
 
Erected by The City of Uniontown – Bicentennial Committee 1996.
 
Location. 39° 53.748′ N, 79° 42.917′ W. Marker is in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (Business U.S. 40) and Baker Alley, on the right when traveling west on East Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 325 E Main St., Uniontown PA 15401, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. James Finley (approx. half a mile away); Fayette County (approx. 0.6 miles away); George C. Marshall (approx. 0.7 miles away); Old West School House (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named George C. Marshall (approx. 0.9 miles away); Uniontown (approx. 1.2 miles away); National Road (approx. 1.9 miles away); Fort Gaddis (approx. 2.5 miles away); Braddock Road - Dunbar’s Camp (approx. 3.8 miles away); Braddock Road - Rock Fort Camp (approx. 4.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Uniontown.
 
Underground Railroad Marker Photo, Click for full size
By J. J. Prats, June 4, 2007
2. Underground Railroad Marker
Baker Alley is between the marker and the Auto Parts store.
 

 
Regarding Underground Railroad. “Uniontown offered a place of sanctuary for many runaways due to its size and large population of black people. ... There were several Underground Railroad stations in Uniontown. Hadden, in his History of Uniontown, cites Baker Alley, a small street near the east end of East Main Street, as a station. Swetnam, in Pittsylvania Country, calls this same alley the headquarters for the Underground Railroad in Uniontown. Hadden states that a stable in the alley provided teams of horses and wagons in which fugitives made their escape during the night. He also speaks of agents hiding runaways under floorboards in their homes when slave catchers appeared to look for escapees. In one case, when slave catchers visited the home of an agent who was hiding runaways under his floorboards, the agent and his friends began to sing and dance in order to muffle any sound from the fugitives hiding under the floor.” —Quoted from the 2001 book Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania by William J. Switala.

 
Also see . . .  Underground Railroad in Pennsylvania. Book by William J. Switala on Amazon.com. (Submitted on June 10, 2007.) 
 
Baker Alley as it is today Photo, Click for full size
By Christopher Busta-Peck
3. Baker Alley as it is today
The house has apparently been demolished.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on June 9, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 3,085 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 9, 2007, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.   3. submitted on January 26, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
 
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