Blairsville Underground Railroad UGRR Center Content

The Blairsville Underground Railroad History Center

The UGRR History Center is located at 214 S. East Lane in Blairsville. It is housed in the former Second Baptist Church Building which in itself is historic. Built in 1917, it is the oldest African American structure in the town.  (Click HERE for more information on The Second Baptist Church)

The Center serves as an educational facility and is open May through October by appointment. It currently houses two main exhibits:  Freedom in the Air which was developed by Dr. Chris Catafalmo and is on loan from the Indiana County Historical and Genealogical Society. This is the story of the Indiana County Abolitionists and their efforts to assist any enslaved person seeking freedom in Canada.

The second exhibit Day in the Life of an Enslaved Child was developed by Denise Jennings-Doyle, one of the founding members of the UGRR program. Using a grant from the Pittsburgh 250 project funded by the Sprout Foundation, the display shows the daily life of enslaved children.

The interactive exhibit allows young people to experience some of the chores and activities of that time.