The Underground Railroad was not underground, was not a railroad, and was not a single route or system of trails. It was the term used to describe both random and concerted effort for people to free themselves from bondage. Louisiana’s stories of freedom, like the Underground Railroad itself, are hidden in secrecy and mystery.
The struggle for freedom ran deep in the hearts of the enslaved Africans in Louisiana as elsewhere in the country. The spirit of self-sacrifice for the cause of freedom and democracy has been present throughout the history of African Americans.