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The Underground Railroad term origin- A Black History Month Factoid

02/07/2014

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Tice Davids, a runaway slave from Kentucky, was the inspiration for the first usage of the term “underground railroad” When he swam across the Ohio River to freedom, his former owner assumed he’d drowned and told the local paper if Davids had escaped, he must have traveled on "an underground railroad." (Davids actually made it alive and well.)