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Exclusive: Science Channel, Discovery+ series explores the Underground Railroad

An upcoming documentary series, Underground Railroad: The Secret History, will use cutting-edge technology to examine the secret pathways, communities and outposts that provided refuge to Freedom Seekers during the days ...
January 11, 2022

An upcoming documentary series, Underground Railroad: The Secret History, will use cutting-edge technology to examine the secret pathways, communities and outposts that provided refuge to Freedom Seekers during the days of American slavery.

The four-part series is narrated by actor-director Clark Johnson (Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire) and premieres on January 30 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Science Channel. It will also be available to stream on Discovery+.

As the Underground Railroad had to operate in secrecy, little written documentation about it exists. The series will use new technology such as thermal drones; LiDAR, GPR and GIS instruments and extensive research to explore secret graveyard hideaways outside of the nation’s capital and underground tunnels originally built by George Washington. The research reveals that the Underground Railroad’s path not only led north, from southern U.S. slave states into free northern states and Canada, but also took turns south, all the way to Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean. The new discoveries also show that stops in the north were often as dangerous as those in the south.

The series features interviews with the descendants of Freedom Seekers as well as archaeologists, historians and academics who will share their research and discoveries, giving context to these stories while highlighting the ingenious methods that the Underground Railroad fugitives used to reach freedom.

Underground Railroad: The Secret History is produced by Attraction for Science Channel. Nicole Hamilton is the producer for Attraction, with executive producers Joey Case and Richard Speer. Series producer is Margot Daley. Caroline Perez and Lindsey Foster Blumberg are the executive producers for Science Channel, with Andrew Lessner serving as co-producer.

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