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  • 214 S. E. Lane
    Blairsville, PA 15717
  • Category: Landmarks
  • Sub-Category: African American History Guide
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Blairsville Underground Railroad Museum

Brief History

The Underground Railroad Center serves as Blairsville's Underground Railroad history museum. The UGRR Center houses two main exhibits: "Freedom in the Air," which is the account of the Indiana County abolitionists and their involvement in the movement of fugitives from the south to safety in Canada. The other exhibit is "A Day in the Life of an Enslaved Child," which serves to educate the viewer on the daily rituals of enslaved children. This exhibit allows for some hand-on experiences to better help students and adults understand this area of history. The Center also offers tours by appointment and serves as a meeting place for groups who have historic and informational programs along the same lines. The UGRR Center is located in the former Second Baptist Church, built in 1918. The Second Baptist Church was established by African Americans who came to Blairsville to work in nearby factories. The Second Baptist Church relocated to 241 E. Campbell Street, which once housed an AME Zion Church.