Fulton in Itawamba County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
Underground Railroad Bicycle Route
The 2,006.5-mile Underground Railroad Bicycle Route (UGRR) was created by the nonprofit organization Adventure Cycling Association. From Mobile, Alabama, to Owen Sound, Ontario, the trail memorializes the Underground Railroad, a network of clandestine routes by which enslaved freedom seekers attempted to escape slavery before and during the Civil War.
The history of this period comes alive as bicyclists pedal along the corridor that traces the Underground Railroad from the Deep South to Canada, passing points of interest and historic sites. Beginning in Mobile, a key port for ships to unload enslaved Africans in the 1800ís, the route goes north following several rivers to Mississippi, Tennessee, and Kentucky. The Tombigbee River provided the primary mode of commercial transportation for cotton connecting Itawamba County to downriver port towns of Aberdeen and Columbus.
Waterways, as well the North Star, were often used by freedom seekers as a guide in their journeys to escape slavery.
The American folksong, “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” was first published in 1928. The song was supposedly used by an Underground Railroad operative known as “Peg Leg Joe” to encode escape instructions and a map within its lyrics. These directions then enabled fleeing
The Underground Railroad was a network of secret trails and safe houses used by 19th-century enslaved people to escape from the South into the free states and Canada. Abolitionist and allies aided slaves through several routes north. One such route as north along the Tombigbee River from South Alabama to the riverís headwaters in northern Itawamba County. The path then extended across the hills to the Tennessee River and onward north to the Ohio River.
Harriet Tubman (1820-1913) led slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad earning her the name “Moses of her People.”
Erected 2016 by the City of Fulton, the Potterís Wheel and the Itawamba County Development Council.
Location. 34° 17.239′ N, 88° 24.764′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Located at the entrance to the Jamie Whitten Historical Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: North Access Road, Fulton MS 38843, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Itawamba Community College (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fulton (approx. one mile away); Early Church Site (approx. one mile away); Jimmie Lunceford (approx. one mile away); The Cedars (approx. 1.1 miles away); Aeolian Grove (approx. 1.2 miles away); Fulton Grammar School (approx. 1.4 miles away); Fawn Grove School (approx. 6.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fulton.
Also see . . . The Itawamba County Times Underground Railroad marker unveiled in Fulton. (Submitted on April 22, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • African Americans • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on April 22, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 22, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 22, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.